Peace and stability tops Ramaphosa’s agenda

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SA President Cyril Ramaphosa

Issues of peace and security in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and economic cooperation featured prominently in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first official trip abroad.

Ramaphosa is on a three nation tour of Angola, Namibia and Botswana.

South Africa is also the chairperson of SADC and Angola chairs the Troika organ on Defence, peace and security.

Whilst they did discuss a number of issues, the President said this was largely an introductory trip to his colleagues.

Ramaphosa who was accompanied by the newly appointed International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and the Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula was welcomed with formal proceedings in Angola.

Economic cooperation between the two regional giants was also part of the discussions. Businesses from both sides have been urged to take advantage of the growing relations.

The two countries have abolished visas for their citizens travelling into each other’s countries.

President Ramaphosa also travels to Namibia and Botswana.





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