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Meeting with Jacob Zuma

Asked what was on the agenda for the Prime Minister’s meeting with Jacob Zuma, the PMS said that the Prime Minister was meeting Jacob Zuma because Mr Zuma was the president of the African National Congress (ANC) and it was not unusual for the Prime Minister to meet with party leaders from other countries when they were in London. They would discuss a number of issues including development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Africa; the situation regarding global food prices and what that meant for Africa; climate change and finally that other regional issues such as Zimbabwe were bound to come up.

Asked if the Prime Minister would use this opportunity to convey the message that African leaders needed to withdraw their support for Mugabe’s regime while the election situation was still ongoing, the PMS said that we had seen that happen already, for example from the Head of the African Union on the floor of the UN Security Council. The Prime Minister remained fully supportive of the efforts of Thabo Mbeki and the work of Southern African Development Community (SADC) and that remained our position.

Asked what the position was regarding the arms embargo on Zimbabwe, the PMS replied that that was something we continued to keep under review and discuss with international partners, but that there had been no change in our position.

Asked if the arms embargo would be discussed during the Prime Minister’s meeting with Mr Zumo, the PMS said it was best to wait and see.

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