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South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, meets President Biden, insists on Africa’s neutrality on Russia

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South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, who is on an official visit to the United States, is discussing close cooperation on health, security, and climate.

Ramaphosa’s meeting with the US president, Joe Biden on Friday at the White House also included relations with Russia as Wahington pushes to put a new focus on African powers after their reluctance to take on Russia.

The White House said, they committed to addressing several of “the world’s most urgent challenges over which we both share a concern, including the Russia-Ukraine conflict and its negative consequences for food security in Africa,”

President Biden also announced $45 million in funding for an $8.5 multinational venture aimed at accelerating the phasing out of coal-fired power generation in South Africa.

The additional U.S. funding for the Just Energy Transition Partnership comes at a time when declining natural gas and oil exports from Russia and Ukraine have boosted South African coal and set back decarbonization goals for one of the world’s most carbon-intensive economies.

South Africa was one of 17 African countries to abstain from the U.N. vote condemning Russia’s assault. Some have categorically maintained strong relations with Russia and its ally China within the period.

“Our position on this is respected, it is known and recognized,” Ramaphosa told reporters after the meeting. “Clearly the conflict has to be resolved. Our view is that it can best be resolved through dialogue and negotiations.”

“We have expressed our discomfort and our opposition,” Ramaphosa said in a video uploaded to Twitter. “We should not be told by anyone who we associate with and we should never be put in positions where we have to choose who our friends are.”

The United States has political, economic, and cultural ties with the independent African countries but the recent economic influence of China has watered the reach of the US amongst most African countries.

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Video: Iranian women protest in black of death of Mahsa Amini

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In this video, Iranian women dressed in black clothes hit the street in protest in the town of Saqes, Iran the hometown of Mahsa Amini who died in police custody after being arrested for wearing an “inappropriate attire”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, wife, get royal invite to visit Britain

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Preside Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa is set to make a state visit to Britain in his first visit to the United Kingdom since King Charles became the constitutional monarch.

The Buckingham Palace said on Monday that President Ramaphosa and his wife, Tshepo Motsepe, have accepted an invitation from the new British monarch for the Nov. 22-24 state visit.

President Ramaphosa’s visit will be in line with former South African presidents, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, and Jacob Zuma all made state visits to Britain.

Camridge scholars, Henshaw, and Peter James argued in a study that Britain and South Africa continued to be bound closely together both by common interests and by mutually advantageous bargains founded on Britain’s indispensibility as a market, a source of goods, technology, and capital, and as a military ally.

Britain is South Africa’s fourth-biggest export market. In 2021, Britain exported 4 billion pounds ($4.5 billion) of goods and services to South Africa.

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