EU, South Africa start talks on climate, economic crisis and trade

The climate, the economic crisis and trade are some of the issues South African President Jacob Zuma and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will be discussing on Friday when the EU and South Africa meet at summit level. Regional issues such as Zimbabwe can also be found on the agenda.

”I am looking forward to meeting President Zuma and his government, not least so that we can discuss how we together can contribute to a successful climate conference in Copenhagen”, says Fredrik Reinfeldt.

The agenda also includes the economic crisis and preparations ahead of the G20 summit.

“It is important that we are in agreement on how the financial institutions should be reformed and that we resist protectionism.”

The Presidency will also be represented by the EU’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana. In addition to Prime Minister Reinfeldt, Swedish participants will include Minister for International Development Cooperation Ewa Björling.

The visit opens on Thursday in Johannesburg with bilateral talks between Sweden and South Africa. The Prime Minister will also participate at a trade seminar and hold a speech at the University of Witswatersrand, a university which has produced four Nobel Prize Laureates. In his speech, the Prime Minister will speak about the global challenges facing the EU and South Africa as well as human rights and the fight against HIV/AIDS.


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