African Security Issues Topped the Agenda of the Bouteflika – Zuma Meeting

April 16th, 2013

‘We have dedicated more time to African security issues’, South African President Jacob Zuma said to the press after his talks with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

‘As Africans, we believe that we have to dedicate even more time and attention to security issues, especially in the light of recent events in Libya, Mali, and the Central African Republic’ he added.

Commenting on bilateral relations, President Zuma expressed ‘great satisfaction’ with the quality of the relations between the two countries. In this context, he said that he had discussed with President Bouteflika the forthcoming session of the Algerian – South African Joint Commission to be held before the end of the year. ‘We deem that there are certain points and issues to be addressed by the Joint Commission in order to strengthen the relations between the two countries at both political and economic levels’, he argued.

President Zuma also asserted that he had discussed with the Head of State regional and international issues, namely those of Western Sahara and Syria, noting: ‘We have similar views on these matters’.

This meeting between the two parties was an opportunity for consultations on a number of issues of common interest. ‘We discussed issues which we felt were important to address’, he pointed out.

Jacob Zuma arrived on a working visit in Algiers on Monday, 15 April 2013 at the invitation of President Bouteflika.