Biden, Ramaphosa keen to strengthen US-Africa ties

 Biden, Ramaphosa keen to strengthen US-Africa ties

South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa and US President-elect Joe Biden are eager to boost relations between America and the African continent, the presidency said after a phone call between the two leaders.

Ramaphosa, who is also the current chairman of the African Union, “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,” his office said in a statement after the call late Tuesday.

“Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have identified Africa as a major player in international affairs and in the advancement of multilateralism,” it said.

Biden was declared the winner of the November 3 election but Donald Trump has not conceded.

Trump, still president until January, did not make a good impression on Africans during his term.

Less than a year after he took office, he infamously praised the healthcare system of “Nambia” — mispronouncing Namibia — during a speech at the United Nations.

Months later he referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” during a closed-door meeting at the White House, sparking global outrage.

Tolani Giwa

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