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Mbeki set to meet new pope in Italy

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    From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org [It appears that Mbeki cannot miss an opportunity to extend his begging bowl to the Roman Catholics. When the Black Africans can t
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      From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
      [It appears that Mbeki cannot miss an opportunity to extend his begging
      bowl to the Roman Catholics. When the Black Africans can't steal, they
      turn to begging. Jan]

      President Thabo Mbeki will pay a courtesy call on the newly inaugurated
      Roman Catholic Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Italy on Friday and
      Saturday, the foreign affairs department said on Wednesday.

      "It is envisaged that President Mbeki will reconfirm the important role
      of the Church in supporting the fight against poverty and
      underdevelopment," spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said in a statement.

      Mbeki was also scheduled to hold discussions with his Italian counterpart
      Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Rome on
      Friday.

      Issues on the agenda were expected to include the consolidation of
      political and economic bilateral relations, European support for the
      African agenda, peacekeeping and conflict management in Africa, the
      forthcoming G8 Summit, and reform of the United Nations.

      On Saturday, Mbeki would, at the invitation of United States bank Morgan
      Stanley, address the European, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) CEO Summit
      in Venice.

      The Summit, scheduled from Thursday to Saturday, was the largest
      gathering of chief executive officers (CEO's) and chairpersons in Europe,
      and would represent many of the leading companies from their respective
      regions.

      "The summit will focus on the impact of global issues on the corporate
      sector while captains of industry are expected to engage with President
      Mbeki on the role of the New Economic Partnership for Africa's
      Development in the fight against poverty and underdevelopment in Africa,"
      Mamoepa said.

      Mbeki would be accompanied by Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi
      Mpahlwa. - Sapa

      Source: Independent Online (IOL)
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