SA, Chile seek stronger ties

first_img22 August 2005South Africa and Chile are to look for ways to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.Delegates from the two governments met in Pretoria last week to discuss a wide range of issues of common interest.The 2nd South Africa-Chile Joint Consultative Mechanism was co-chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and his Chilean counterpart, Under-Secretary Christian Barros.The meeting follows President Thabo Mbeki’s visit to Chile in June, when he and his counterpart, Ricardo Escobar, agreed that both countries had important political and economic roles in their respective regions and that relations between the two needed to be strengthened.This has paved the way for the signing of a number of agreements in the near future, including on defence, agriculture, double-taxation and science and technology.Although he said he was happy with political relations between South Africa and Chile, Pahad expressed concern about the low level of economic relations between the two countries.“The visit [by Barros] highlights what we have been saying, that we have been neglecting tremendous political and economic potential of that region,” Pahad said.“We hope this visit will enable us to begin a process next year to plan a much more systematic approach in economic diplomacy in that region.“Chile can be a gateway for us; we already have got the India-Brazil-South Africa cooperation, but I think the relations with Chile can help expand that.”He said trade between South Africa and Chile was in favour of South Africa, adding that there was now compatibility between the economies of the two countries and that they needed to get their respective private sectors to begin to understand the economic potential.Barros also expressed a commitment by Chile to improve relations with South Africa, especially economically.“We have good political relations with South Africa, but we will need to improve other areas like defence agreements, trade and economic agreements, science and technology, agriculture.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Wright: Arsenal transfer deals feel ‘panicky’

first_imgTransfers Wright: Arsenal transfer deals all feel ‘panicky’ Goal 07:58 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Arsenal A. Sánchez Manchester United Premier League The former Gunner feels the London outfit’s transfer moves are being done more out of panic than anything else Former Arsenal star Ian Wright believes the Gunners lack a cohesive plan in the transfer market, and are instead making panic moves. The London club are nearing a sale of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan reportedly set to head the other way.Theo Walcott is also on the verge of being sold to Everton, and the Gunners are being heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Yet Wright feels as though the club are making moves in a state of panic rather than actually planning out their future. “Everything that is happening is being forced on them through other people,” he said on a Sky Sports podcast.”Mkhitaryan is not a player Arsenal have been after – he’s a player that Arsenal have been handed.”It’s the same with Aubameyang – a couple of years ago, he was on everyone’s radar but now he’s gone a bit cold. Then all of a sudden, he’s on Arsenal’s radar – it all feels panicky for me.”Of course they are both quality players. But if you are losing Sanchez, you need players that will hit the ground running. I’m not sure about Mkhitaryan’s state of mind right now.”Goal understands that Arsenal’s pursuit of Henrikh Mkhitaryan hinges on whether the attacker is paid off by Manchester United due to his contract running for another two years. Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola also claims that the Armenian is key in any deal for Sanchez. “Manchester United are not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal,” Raiola told The Times.”Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it’s his decision.”Arsenal take on Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League, with the Gunners looking to close the gap on the top four. Arsene Wenger’s side are currently sitting sixth in the league table, eight points back of fourth-placed Chelsea.last_img read more