Zuma arrives for Commonwealth meeting

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Trinidad and Tobago for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Zuma, who arrived with the First Lady Sizakele "MaKhumalo" Zuma, was welcomed by Trinidad Foreign Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon.

The President is leading a South African delegation and will be supported by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoane Mashabane.

The minister arrived in the country ahead of the President to attend a meeting of Commonwealth Foreign Ministers which took place earlier today.

This meeting is aimed at discussing and making recommendations to Heads of State regarding various political issues, the global economic situation, climate change and the youth.

This year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will take place from Friday to Sunday under the theme "Partnering for a more equitable and Sustainable Future".

Top on the meeting's agenda is the report of the ministerial action group, the global economic situation, its impact on small states and vulnerable states and the reform of international institutions.

South Africa will participate in the meeting within the context of North-South Cooperation as government seeks to exchange views on a range of challenges facing the world today such as climate change, sustaining biodiversity and conserving water resources.