Combined images of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Presidential spokesman Facebook page.
In a phone call on Tuesday, El-Sisi asserted to Ramaphosa his full confidence in the ability of South Africa’s government and people to face the repercussions of these floods, Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady said.
El-Sisi emphasised Egypt’s support for South Africa in these difficult circumstances and its readiness to provide any aid and assistance South Africa may need as part of its persistent relief and humanitarian efforts.
South Africa has declared a national state of disaster in the wake of the floods in Durban and the KwaZulu-Natal province, which have killed at least 448 people, destroyed about 4,000 homes, and caused the displacement of more than 40,000 people, according to AP.
During the phone call, the South African president expressed his thanks and appreciation for El-Sisi’s nice gesture, adding that this affirms the keenness of Egypt’s government and people to strengthen the principles of fraternity, solidarity, and support as per the distinguished relations the two countries share.
Ramaphosa also stated his country’s keenness to revitalise and develop its cooperation with Egypt, especially in light of Cairo’s active role in Africa and its relevant efforts, which are meant to achieve the African peoples’ aspirations for stability and development.
Furthermore, the phone call touched on ways to proceed with the current momentum witnessed in various areas of bilateral cooperation, the presidential spokesperson said.
Additionally, the two sides exchanged views on regional files of common interest as well as the repercussions of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict on Africa.