South African Prez Meets Sonia


New Delhi: South African President Jacob Zuma called on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday, discussing issues of bilateral and global importance.

Zuma and Sonia’s discussions lasted 90 minutes, with former PM Manmohan Singh and deputy leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma also participating in the talks.

Sharma said, “The two leaders discussed all issues of importance, including threat of global terror and the rise of IS, and climate change. There was reaffirmation of the historic bond between the progressive national parties who fought for the independence of their countries. In the present global situation, the progressive movements have to reaffirm their solidarity.”

AICC expressed gratitude that President Zuma broke protocol to visit the Congress chief at 10, Janpath. In the meeting, the African leader made “glowing references” to Jawaharlal Nehru and his role in opposing colonisation in Asia and Africa, and acknowledged him as the architect of the Non-Aligned Movement.

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