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Friday, 15 June, 2001, 10:02 GMT 11:02 UK
Blair says Africa second term priority

The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has said helping countries in Africa will be a priority for his second term in government.

Speaking after talks with the South African President, Thabo Mbeki, Mr Blair said that Britain could help with debt relief, development and investment in Africa.

He said that his government could also do a lot more in the area of conflict resolution.

Mr Mbeki, who is on a state visit to Britain, told an investors' conference in London that South Africa suffered from what he called being part of a bad neighbourhood.

He singled out Zimbabwe for particular criticism, saying a lot of things had gone wrong there.

The two leaders issued a joint statement calling for a stable, democratic and prosperous Zimbabwe.

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