S America-Africa meeting opens to discuss closer ties

13:48, August 07, 2010      

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<Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (C), Brazilian President Inacio Lula Da Silva (L) and UNASUR secretary general and former Argentina's President Nestor Kirchner (R) attend the presidential strategy meeting on the Africa-South America Summit, in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, Aug. 6, 2010. (Xinhua Photo)/center>
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva opened here on Friday a meeting of foreign ministers from South American and African countries aimed at promoting ties between the two sides.

During the opening ceremony, President of the African Union Erastus Mwencha said he was in favor of strengthening the ties between Africa and South America and the South-South cooperation.

Nestor Kirchner, General Secretary of the Union of South American countries (Unasur), said on behalf of Latin American presidents that they stand for equity and integration to deepen the economic exchanges between the two regions.

It is time for Latin America and Africa to discuss the possibilities of a common future and start understanding each others better, Lula said.

Chavez said that unity is the only path for Latin America and Africa to get integrated to consolidate the development of the South.

"Some naive people think that the North is the way to the development, but actually there are more restrictions," Chavez said.

South American countries cannot expect anything from the North and should move forward to build a multi-polar world, he added.

This was the first foreign ministers' meeting held to implement the agreements reached during the the second Arica and South America Summit (ASA) held in Venezuela last September.

The ASA is a regional cooperation forum between South America and Africa.

Source: Xinhua


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