Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 1, 2012


On October 30, 2012, South Africa hosted the first meeting of the U.S.-South Africa Senior Officials’ Working Group on African and Global Affairs. The working group was announced by Secretary Clinton and Minister Nkoana-Mashabane as part of the broader strategic dialogue between the United States and South Africa during the Secretary’s August 2012 trip to South Africa.

The Working Group was chaired by Department of International Relations and Cooperation Director-General Ambassador Jerry Matjila and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman. The officials held discussions on a range of topics including the African Union, regional economic integration, the Great Lakes, Zimbabwe, Sudan and South Sudan, Iran, and the Middle East. The United States and South Africa remain committed to pursuing shared goals of peace and prosperity on the African continent and around the world, and look forward to continued engagement on these pressing issues.



PRN: 2012/1724