Sisi meets with South Africa’s Ramaphosa at the Russia-Africa Summit

Ahram Online , Friday 28 Jul 2023

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met Thursday with South African president Cyril Ramaphosa on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa summit in Petersburg.

Ramaphosa and Sisi
Presidents Ramaphosa and Sisi of South Africa and Egypt talking to each other on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa summit on Thursday. Photo : Egyptian Presidency


The two leaders discussed ways to boost relations between Egypt and South Africa, focusing on increasing the trade exchange between the two countries.

According to the Egyptian Presidency, El-Sisi said that Egypt looks forward to strengthening the historical relations between the two countries through exploring mutual investment opportunities, achieving common interests, and continuing coordination on issues of mutual interest in the African continent.

For his part, President Ramaphosa affirmed that South Africa is committed to developing cooperation relations with Egypt and intensifying joint efforts.

He added that South Africa continues to consult with Egypt on the issues and challenges facing Africa, highlighting Egypt’s leading role and efforts to enhance development and preserve peace and security on the continent.  

The presidency added that the talks discussed the latest developments at the continental level and the most significant developments in the files of mutual interest at the international level, especially the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.

Since Egypt and South Africa are members of the African peace mission to Russia and Ukraine, the two leaders exchanged views on the latest developments in the African mediation initiative in the crisis.

Africa’s Russian-Ukraine peace mission 

El-Sisi also met in Petersburg with the African leaders participating in Africa’s Russia-Ukraine peace mission to discuss the progress made on the initiative, especially in the wake of the Africa Peace Mission's visit to Russia and Ukraine in June 2023.

The meeting included Osman Guelleh, President of Comoros and the current President of the African Union; Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa; Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of the Congo; Macky Sall, President of Senegal; and Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda.

The leaders also reaffirmed Africa's continued support for all efforts to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian crisis in light of its severe economic implications on the economies of African countries and the need to maintain international peace and security.

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