SA, France ministers to meet

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pretoria - The development of peace and security in Africa, the promotion of a more inclusive, efficient and equitable system of global governance, the COP17/CMP7 and other multilateral issues will be high on the agenda when South Africa and France meet later this week.

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will be meeting her French counterpart, Minister Alain Jupp, in Pretoria on Friday.

According to Nkoana-Mashabane's ministry, the visit takes place within the context of further promoting North-South cooperation and strengthening and deepening political and economic relations with France as a leading bilateral partner and international role-player.

"More particularly, the visit also seeks to promote consultation and cooperation between South Africa and France on a series of global and international issues of shared strategic significance, including but not limited to Africa," ministry spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

Both South Africa and France share a common vision of a world where multilateralism, international law and the conduct of relations between states on the basis of equity and fairness provide the foundation for building a more peaceful and prosperous world.

They also recognise that the promotion of the freedoms and rights as well as "fundamental commitment to promoting peace, security, stability, prosperity and democracy on the continent of Africa in the full realisation that the success or failure of Africa cannot be divorced from the success or failure of Europe, or indeed the world."