Obama visiting at the right time - Zuma

By Sapa Time of article published Jun 29, 2013

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Pretoria - United States president Barack Obama is visiting Africa at the right time, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on Saturday.

“We are pleased to be working with you [Obama] today with a common goal of expanding trade and relations between our two countries,” said Zuma in a televised press briefing.

“Mr President you are visiting Africa at the right time...We would like to see you invest in the South African economy for mutual benefit”.

Youth development is a key focus area, he said.

South Africa remains concerned at the lack of progress in the Middle East peace process, Zuma said.

"We are of the view that lasting peace in the Middle East will not be possible without addressing the other problems in the region," he said in a televised press briefing.

"We are encouraged by the positive steps you [US president Barack Obama] have taken to relax long standing restrictions."

- Sapa

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