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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will hold bilateral discussions with her South African counterpart during a four-day visit to the country this week.
Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Nomfanelo Kota said yesterday that Clinton would pay special attention to the status of women and their role in good governance during her visit, which starts tomorrow and ends on Women's Day.
She would also be the guest of honour at a Women's Month dinner hosted by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
Kota said bilateral talks between the two countries would focus on, among other things, setting up a mechanism to regulate their bilateral, political and economic relations, the New Partnership for Africa's Development, and the millennium development goals.
There would also be discussions on collaborating in the fight against communicable diseases, including tuberculosis and HIV-Aids, and strengthening educational, scientific and cultural co-operation.
Kota said there was trade of almost R100billion between South Africa and the US. Last year, South Africa had a trade surplus of about R20billion. - Sapa