Zuma Meets With Jonathan Over Security Matters In Africa

By Akin Akande, Abuja

President Goodluck Jonathan and his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, on Tuesday met behind closed door at the Presidential Villa, Abuja to discuss issues bothering on security in the African continent  and other sundry matters between both countries.

President Zuma, who addressed State House correspondents after the one hour meeting  was on a one day official visit to Nigeria.

He said, they discussed security issues on the continent of Africa and other issues of common interest to both Nigeria and South Africa.

Present at the talks were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru and presidential advisers.

“I have come to Nigeria on a working visit to meet the President to consult on matters related to the two countries and also matters related to our continent. As you know, very soon the President will be visiting South Africa on a state visit”, he said.

Therefore, we thought we needed to consult particularly on the situation in the continent of Africa.”We have had a very fruitful consultation and we believe that between Nigeria and South Africa, it is important to align and harmonize our thinking on matters that need the countries in the continent to take specific decisions”.

Zuma added: “Some of the issues raised were issues of security of the continent as you know that there have been some difficulties in a number of countries”.

We touched upon those issues and certainly will take the issues further when we meet in South Africa.”But you are also aware that Africa will also be celebrating 50 years of the OAU and African Union establishment in the continent.