Zuma in Russia for G20 Summit

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President Jacob Zuma


Cape Town, South Africa – South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is in St Petersburg, Russia, for the G20 Leaders’ Summit which kicks off on Thursday.

Speaking before his departure, President Zuma briefed reporters on the situation in Syria, reiterating his stance that countries should try to utilise the UN Security Council to resolve the crisis.

He said South Africa was not qualified to prescribe the kind of punishment that should be used against countries for using chemical weapons against its people.

The G20 Summit is expected to focus on a set of measures aimed at boosting sustainable, inclusive and balanced global growth, including the creation of decent jobs.

G20 countries account for 85 percent of global economic output, 80 percent of global trade, and two-thirds of the world’s population.

The South African President will also attend a meeting of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) leaders, which will give the leaders an opportunity to reflect on the progress made with regards to the Durban Declaration.

President Zuma is accompanied by Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan as well as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.