African National Congress president Jacob Zuma is scheduled to arrive back in Johannesburg on Sunday evening following a week-long visit to the United States, according to an ANC news release.

Zuma led an ANC delegation that included Treasurer General Mathews Phosa and National Executive Committee (NEC) members Zweli Mkhize, Siphiwe Nyanda and NomaIndia Mfeketo.

The delegation visited the country at the invitation of the US government.

It met administration officials and representatives of other sectors in Washington and New York.

The purpose of the visit was to further strengthen relations between South Africa and the US, and to discuss areas of further cooperation.

Zuma met with President George Bush during a visit to the White House, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley.

During their discussion, Bush and Zuma touched on a number of matters, including South Africa’s priorities in the current period, the situation in Zimbabwe, and the need to conclude the Doha round of trade negotiations.

The delegation also met with USAID Administrator Henrietta Fore and US Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Mark Dybul.