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HIV/AIDS to feature in Mbeki's US visit

HIV/AIDS is among the issues that will feature prominently in a meeting later this week between South African President Thabo Mbeki and US President George W Bush.

Bush invited Mbeki for talks at the White House a few weeks ago, partly to discuss the upcoming Group of Eight (G8) industrialised nations summit at Gleneagles in Scotland from 6 to 8 July.

The Associated Press quoted South African presidential spokesman Bheki Khumalo as saying: "The issue of HIV/AIDS will be one of the key issues - how we can work with the US in tackling this scourge."

Conflict resolution and peacekeeping in African countries, including Cote d'Ivoire, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan, will also be raised.

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