Thursday, May 24, 2007

President Mbeki on First South African Visit to Vietnam

JOHANNESBURG 22 May 2007 Sapa


President Thabo Mbeki will pay South Africa's first ever state visit to Vietnam this week, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.

During the visit, Mbeki would hold talks with his Vietnamese
counterpart President Minh Triet on bilateral political, economic and trade relations, said Foreign Affairs spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa.

There was a large potential for economic relations with Vietnam-particularly private sector business opportunities, he said.

Also on the agenda were the Accelerated Skills and Growth
Initiative-SA and the Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition,
developments in Africa and the Middle East, and global political governance.

Mamoepa said Mbeki would leave on Wednesday for Hanoi, where he would be joined by Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma after her official visit to China on Monday.

The South African delegation was expected to meet General Giap, the commander of North Vietnam's forces during the Vietnam war, and address the SA-Vietnam Business Forum and the Vietnamese Institute of International Relations.

The delegation will also visit the Temple of Literature, the Reunification Palace and the War Museum.

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