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Pranab arrives in South Africa for IBSA meeting

EAM Pranab Mukherjee will be joined by S Africa's Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Brazil's Minister of External Relations Celso Amorim in the meeting.

world Updated: May 11, 2008 14:24 IST

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has arrived in Cape Town to participate in the 5th India- Brazil-South Africa(IBSA) Ministerial Trilateral Commission meeting beginning on Sunday.

Mukherjee, who arrived in Cape Town on Saturday, will be joined by South Africa's Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Brazil's Minister of External Relations Celso Amorim in the one-day commission meeting which is taking place in the small town of Somerset West, outside Cape Town.

The meeting is taking place within the context of efforts by India to strengthen strategic trilateral political, economic and trade ties among India, Brazil and South Africa.

The meeting coincides with the 1st IBSA Joint Naval Exercises (IBSAMAR) off the Cape coast which started on May five and will end on May 16.

According to the Indian High Commission, the IBSA Dialogue Forum, since its inception in 2003, has made significant progress in providing an influential international platform from where the development challenges of the South could be prioritised and the marginalisation of developing countries countered.

The meeting is expected to reflect on global multilateral issues such as Global Governance, the Millennium Development Goals, International Trade, Intellectual Property Rights, Climate Change, Biodiversity, Sustainable Development, Racism and Xenophobia, Gender, Disarmament and Non-proliferation, Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, as well as regional political issues of global importance.

Mukherjee and his Brazilian and South African colleagues will also reflect on preparations for the 3rd IBSA Summit that is scheduled to take place in New Delhi on October 15.

At the last IBSA Summit in 2007, the Heads of State and Government set a target of increasing IBSA intra trade to USD 15 billion by 2010.