Travel Diary: U.S., South Africa Underscore Cooperation on Global, Regional Issues

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 8, 2009
Secretary Clinton and South Africa's Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary | Behind the Scenes PhotosSecretary Clinton visited the Presidential Guest House today in Pretoria, South Africa, where she met with South African Minister of International Relations Nkoana-Mashabane.

Today, Secretary Clinton and South African Minister of International Relations Nkoana-Mashabane discussed enhancing the U.S.-South African bilateral relationship and underscored the importance of working together on regional and global issues. Secretary Clinton said, "[W]e believe strongly that, under South Africa's leadership, many of the issues that confront our world, and particularly Africa, will be much closer to being solved and resolved. We are a fellow democracies, fellow members of the G-20. We know we have to work together to build a global architecture of cooperation. Without that, many of the challenges that we face individually and together as inhabitants of this world will not be resolved."

Secretary Clinton continued, "We stand ready to support President Zuma as he seeks to deliver progress for the people of South Africa in the priority areas that have been established. And of course, President Obama has a special desire to work closely with President Zuma, to work closely with South Africa. We look forward to strengthening our partnership to confront the scourge of HIV/AIDS.... And as we look at many of the issues that we face – we talked about them all. We talked about working together to realize the vision of a free, democratic, prosperous Zimbabwe. We worked – talked about working together to resolve the north-south differences in Sudan. We commend the work that South Africa has done through the Southern African Development Community toward a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Madagascar. And we look forward to the South African-U.S. business council creating even more opportunities for trade and exporting."

Secretary Clinton concluded, "South Africa, on the international stage, is playing a more important role. And we want to work together on everything from climate change to nonproliferation. President Obama's historic declaration of a few months ago to move toward a world of zero nuclear weapons was actually inspired in many ways by what South Africa did voluntarily. And South Africa has been on the forefront of that movement. So there is a lot to be done. It is a formidable agenda that we face. But I know that the minister and I are interested in making sure that our two countries not only lead, but demonstrate the kind of cooperation that results in positive results for the people of the world."

Read the full transcript of the Secretary's press conference with South African Minister Nkoana-Mashabane.



Tennessee, USA
August 8, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

It is good to see this in an ever changing world. South Africa is leading the way in development internationally and a simple reading of the following will provide you with a summary of how far they have come from a victimized nation to imputing the international community.

It demonstrates their overall concern in development at all levels, from human to industrial.

Now, if only it can be expanded with security.

Sooner or later, Africa will emerge from a tribal, splintered and victimized nation and people as Nkoana-Mashabane laying down a path to development.


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