The United States Secretary of States, Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton is billed to visit South Africa this Summer to further engage in Bilateral talks with the South African President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, a statement from the Bureau of Information in Cape Town on Sunday said.
Clinton’s visit to South Africa is to continue the important discussions on all the issues under the framework of the Strategic Dialogue between both countries.
Also, the important roles that South Africa is playing to ensure peace and security in some warring countries in Africa will also be discussed during the bilateral meetings between the United States Secretary and the government of South Africa.
At the weekend, the Deputy Secretary of the United States, Mr. William J. Burns said that South Africa and the United States share a vision of a continent at peace with itself and the world.
He said, under Presidents Mandela, Mbeki and Zuma, South Africa had worked hard to resolve conflicts in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and, today, Sudan.
“We seek ways of strengthening local institutions to find creative and lasting solutions for the conflicts that have limited Africa’s development over the last fifty years.”
“And all of Africa looks to South Africa’s peaceful end to apartheid as an inspiration for building peace throughout the rest of the continent” he added.
The official further said that the United States policy in Africa is to support health and education projects, stressing that the government of his country has a more successful partnership for improving health than in South Africa.
According to him: “In 2010, we signed a five-year Partnership Framework– a five-year joint strategic plan to fight HIV/AIDS. Working together, the U.S. and South Africa provided antiretroviral treatment for 1.1 million men, women and children last year”
“More than 5 million individuals received HIV counselling and testing. More than 236,000 pregnant HIV-positive women received services to bring healthy children into the world. The progress that has been made in fighting HIV in the last few years is giving real hope that within a generation, HIV may be a relic of the past”