South African foreign minister to visit France

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JOHANNESBURG, July 8 (AFP) - South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is to travel to Russia and France next week for talks aimed at following up on the Group of Eight summit which agreed to boost aid to Africa, the foreign ministry said Friday.

JOHANNESBURG, July 8 (AFP) - South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is to travel to Russia and France next week for talks aimed at following up on the Group of Eight summit which agreed to boost aid to Africa, the foreign ministry said Friday.

Dlamini-Zuma will hold talks with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday and with French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy in Paris on Wednesday.

"The visit comes in the context of South Africa's commitment to the consolidation of the African agenda through the promotion of North-South cooperation in support of the African agenda through among others interaction with countries of the G8," said foreign ministry spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa.

Russia is to take over the presidency of the G8 club comprising Britain, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.

G8 leaders meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland agreed on Friday to boost development aid to Africa by USD 50 billion as part of a package to fight poverty on the continent.

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