Olmert in controversial SA visit

Olmert in controversial SA visit

JOHANNESBURG – Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrived in South Africa yesterday for a four-day visit that pro-Palestinian groups here have branded a “national shame” for President Thabo Mbeki’s government.

Olmert, who doubles up as trade and industry minister, is the senior most Israeli official to visit South Africa since the demise of apartheid a decade ago. His plane touched down at Johannesburg shortly after 8:00am, a source at the Israeli embassy said.Olmert, who is Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s closest ally in government, was later yesterday due to sign an investment protection agreement with South Africa at Johannesburg’s main convention centre.The Palestine Solidarity Group umbrella grouping has termed the visit a “national shame” for the governing African National Congress, Africa’s oldest liberation movement.”We find it extremely difficult that when the world sees the South African government as a champion of liberation that it invites such a confirmed racist and bigot,” Ismail Collier, coordinator of Friends of Al-Aqsa, which is part of the Palestine Solidarity Group, said.- Nampa-AFPHis plane touched down at Johannesburg shortly after 8:00am, a source at the Israeli embassy said.Olmert, who is Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s closest ally in government, was later yesterday due to sign an investment protection agreement with South Africa at Johannesburg’s main convention centre.The Palestine Solidarity Group umbrella grouping has termed the visit a “national shame” for the governing African National Congress, Africa’s oldest liberation movement.”We find it extremely difficult that when the world sees the South African government as a champion of liberation that it invites such a confirmed racist and bigot,” Ismail Collier, coordinator of Friends of Al-Aqsa, which is part of the Palestine Solidarity Group, said.- Nampa-AFP

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