EU website. Within the framework of the South Africa – European Union Strategic Partnership, a Political Dialogue meeting at Ministerial level was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 11 May 2010. On bilateral relations, the discussion mainly focused on the implementation of the Strategic Partnership, the political and institutional developments in the EU and South Africa, and the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement. On regional and global issues were discussed the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, the global economic crisis as well as climate change. Finally, on Peace and Security, the situation in Sudan, Somalia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Burundi and of the Middle East Peace Process were the main areas of debate.
The meeting was co-chaired by Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission and H.E. Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister for International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa. The EU Delegation also included Mr Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development of the European Commission.
Read the Joint Communique here.