Heads of State arrive in DRC for SADC Summit

Monday, September 7, 2009

Pretoria - Heads of State and Government from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have begun arriving in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The Ordinary SADC Summit is expected to open there later this morning.

President Jacob Zuma arrived in the country on Sunday, joining International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane, who had participated in the Council of Ministers which prepares the issues for the summit agenda.

The President is expected to deliver a progress report as South Africa hands over the chair to President Joseph Kabila of the DRC.

He will deliver his statement as outgoing chairperson summarizing the progress made on the SADC agenda under South Africa's chairpersonship.

The political situation in Zimbabwe and Madagascar are also expected to feature highly on the agenda.