S.Africa's Zuma in Saudi to expand economic ties

'While our political relations with Saudi Arabia are strong, our economic and trade ties should be reviewed and revitalised,' South African president says

S.Africa's Zuma in Saudi to expand economic ties

World Bulletin / News Desk

South African President Jacob Zuma called for strengthening his country's economic ties with Saudi Arabia, during a visit to the kingdom on Sunday.

"While our political relations with Saudi Arabia are strong, our economic and trade ties should be reviewed and revitalised," he said in a statement.

Zuma cited agriculture, mining, infrastructure, finance, defence, gas exploration and alternative energy as sectors where cooperation could be expanded.

The South African economy has been hit by slow growth and a weak currency, which have been compounded by a drought that has resulted in higher food prices.

Zuma has been engulfed in a series of corruption scandals, the latest involving allegations that a wealthy Indian family influenced his ministerial appointments.

Last Mod: 27 Mart 2016, 15:24
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