Zuma & Merkel discuss refugee crisis in Europe

The pair discussed a variety of issues in Berlin, with the two agreeing they have a lot in common.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and South African President Jacob Zuma (L) attend a press conference following talks at the chancellery in Berlin on November 10, 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma and his German counterpart, Angela Merkel, have discussed the refugee crisis in Europe, with Zuma saying South Africa has dealt with similar issues in the past.

They have discussed a variety of issues in Berlin with the two saying they have a lot in common with regards to refugees.

Zuma says this has been a major issue in South Africa for some time.

"South Africa does not have a problem with the refugees who are coming in because we understand where they are coming from and I think Germany has also shown that leadership in Europe."

He also says their investment talks have been successful with bilateral relations strengthened.

"We are very happy with the outcome of the discussions and we believe that it is taking our relationship [to] the next level."