Nkoana-Mashabane gets down to work in New York

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New York - International Relations and Co-operation Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has held several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in New York.

President Jacob Zuma is also attending the UNGA, which he is expected to address on Wednesday.

On Monday, Nkoana-Mashabane participated in a meeting aimed at strengthening India-Brazil-South Africa co-operation, where the reform of the United Nations Security Council, among other issues, was discussed.

She also held discussions with the Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone, Zainab Hawa Bangurra, as well as the Swedish Minister of International Development and Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson and Rwandese Foreign Minister Rosemary Museminali.

According to the Department of International Relations and Co-operation, the minister participated in these meetings, guided by the pillars of South Africa's foreign policy.

"Among others, this policy aims at strengthening South-South Cooperation, strengthening North-South Dialogue, as well as the promotion of the African agenda, including looking at possibilities of trilateral co-operation, especially on conflict resolution and peace building," the department said.

On Wednesday, President Zuma is expected to address the 192 member body on various issues and problems confronting the world.

The General Debate of the 64th session, which will take place on 23 to 26 and 28 to 30 September, presents an opportunity for Heads of State and Government to interact on global issues that confront the international community.

This year's theme for the debate is: "Effective responses to global crises; strengthening multilateralism and dialogue among civilisations for international peace, security and development."