Zuma-Obama talks in Washington

President Jacob Zuma and US President Barack Obama have held talks in Washington DC on agriculture, HIV and security in Africa, the presidency said Pres Zuma, who arrived in Washington, DC on Sunday to attend a two-day summit on nuclear security, met Obama at the USA’s president’s guest house, Blair House. 

“The meeting followed discussions between the two presidents at the G8 Summit in L´Aquila, Italy in July last year.  “It covered a number of bilateral issues, including strengthening co-operation on areas like agriculture and HIV and Aids. 

“They also discussed the promotion of African peace and security within the ambit of the African Union and United Nations.” 

The summit, which would take place on Monday and Tuesday, was being convened by Obama to find effective measures to secure nuclear material and to prevent nuclear terrorism.  

“South Africa has consistently condemned acts of terrorism and shares the international community’s concern over nuclear security.”  Pres Zuma was accompanied to the summit by International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters and State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

Source: Sapa online

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