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Biden’s victory: Ramaphosa to strengthen bonds btw US, South Africa

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has extended congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden of the United States following elections held on 03 November 2020, while called to strengthen the bonds of cooperation and friendship between the two countries.

In a congratulatory message of victory to President-elect, Biden and the Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris on Sunday, Ramaphosa said US contributed to the liberation struggle in South Africa and continued to provide support to help consolidate democracy after South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.

According to him, “Bilateral cooperation between the two countries spans a range of areas, including trade and investment, health, education, energy, environment, science and innovation, safety and security, as well as regional cooperation to support the African Union’s objectives for peace, security, and development.

“More recently, the United States Government provided generous financial and technical support to help South Africa’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, thus building on the highly successful platform of health cooperation under the PEPFAR framework”, he said.

South African President indicated that South Africa looks forward to working with US President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris to enhance collaboration within the multilateral context to address global challenges such as climate change, human rights, peace and security, terrorism, nuclear safety, poverty, underdevelopment, economic recovery, and inclusive growth, and to prevent future pandemics.

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