n Latin American Report - Reaffirming policy, reasserting priorities : President Thabo Mbeki's visits to Latin America : research article

Volume 17, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



The six months from December 2000 to May 2001 were marked by a series of South African official visits to Latin America at the highest level. In December 2000 President Thabo Mbeki attended the Mercosur Summit in Florianopolis, Brazil, which culminated in the signing of the framework agreement between South Africa and Mercosur, setting the parameters for the negotiation of a free trade agreement between the two parties. Mbeki's visit to Cuba, in contrast, reaffirmed South Africa's strong ties with that country in terms of social policy and technical co-operation. And visits to Colombia and Mexico by the deputy president focused on common problems and co-operation. The South African visits to Latin America emphasize the country's foreign policy priorities which are to target states which have common developmental, economic and political interests.

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