South African Foreign Minister dismisses Obama impact
JOHANNESBURG – Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says she does not foresee any dramatic change in American policies regarding Africa under a new administration in Washington.
She was interviewed about prospects with the emergence of a new administration in the US. Dlamini-Zuma said incoming president, Barack Obama, would probably give priority to problems such as unemployment and economic recession at home, although attention would continue to be given to issues such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the fight against Aids in Africa.
Dlamini-Zuma also said that Obama is likely to play a role in peacekeeping issues, whether in Darfur, the Democratic Republic Congo and Somalia or the situation in Zimbabwe.
The South African Foreign Minister and former President Thabo Mbeki are the key allies for Robert Mugabe in the region. She is rumoured to be in love with former Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge and she was allocated a cattle range in the Southern Provinces.
In the recent years South African foreign policy has shifted towards the Russians and the Chinese, with unconfirmed reports that the former is offering help with the construction of a nuclear power plant in exchange of a major missile plant stationed in Zimbabwe.