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Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Government of South Africa on Zimbabwe. (105176)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary most recently discussed the situation in Zimbabwe with the South African Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Zuma, on 21 September at the UN General Assembly. Our officials in South Africa also have regular discussions with their South African counterparts.

South Africa will play a lead role in Zimbabwe’s eventual rehabilitation. We continue to urge South Africa, both as a neighbour of Zimbabwe, and also as a strong voice in the South African Development Community (SADC), to work with SADC partners to address the crisis in Zimbabwe.