AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
AFRICAN Union chairperson and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is hopeful of a strong partnership between the United States and the African continent in promoting peace and stability in international relations and advancing multilateralism.
Ramaphosa expressed these sentiments after he had a call with US President-Elect Joe Biden on Tuesday. During the call Ramaphosa and Biden discussed ways to strengthen US-Africa relations and overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
President-Elect Biden and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris have identified Africa as a major player in international affairs and in the advancement of multilateralism.
Ramaphosa’s office said the leaders recalled a visit to South Africa by President-Elect Biden during apartheid, where Biden demonstrated his commitment to human rights and dignity for all South Africans.
“President-Elect Biden expressed his admiration for what the democratic South Africa has achieved. President Ramaphosa said he looked forward to a strong partnership at a bilateral level and between the United States and the continent of Africa. The President wished President-Elect Biden and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris well for their term in office,” Ramaphosa’s office said in a statement.
Biden has defeated Donald Trump and is set to take office on January 20 as the 46th president of the US. Harris is the first woman, in the history of the US, to hold the post of vice president.