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Zuma jets to Russia

Johannesburg -

President Jacob Zuma will undertake a working visit to Russia, the department of International Relations and Co-operation said on Saturday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with President Jacob Zuma during their meeting in the city of Fortaleza. Credit: Reuters

Spokesman Clayson Monyela said Zuma would visit Russia for a week from August 24 to 29.

He said Zuma was scheduled to meet President Vladimir Putin.

“The visit will further strengthen the excellent bilateral relations with a view to consolidating and opening new avenues towards job creation, skills development ,exchange and transfer of technology and trade and investment,” said Monyela.

During the bilateral talks the two presidents were expected to assess the state of bilateral co-operation, the status and implementation of Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Co-operation (ITEC) Agreements, key trade and investment issues.

Monyela said they would also discuss the preparations for the 12th ITEC session to be hosted by South Africa this year.

The two presidents would also focus on developments on critical international issues of mutual concern, including, but not limited to the situation in Syria, and the Israel-Palestine matter, as well as developments in Ukraine, which is Russia's neighbour.

He said ahead of the bilateral meeting, Zuma would from August 25 to 27 hold low key meetings and use the period to rest. - Sapa

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