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US President, Joe Biden, to meet South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa. Here’s why

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The United State presidency has announced that President Joe Biden will meet with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa this month.

The White House made the announcement on Thursday in a statement by press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, as the US looks to strengthen relations with African countries at a time when South Africa and many of its neighbors have staked out neutral ground on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

President Biden’s visit which is scheduled for September 16 comes on the heels of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to South Africa in August, in which he said the Biden administration sees Africa´s 54 nations as “equal partners” in tackling global problems.

US officials said the visit will focus on trade and investment, infrastructure, climate and energy, public health, and South Africa´s leading role on the continent.

“The two Presidents will reaffirm the importance of our enduring partnership, and discuss our work together to address regional and global challenges.” The statement revealed.

South Africa is a strategic partner of the United States, with strong collaboration in shared global and bilateral priorities, including health, climate, trade and investment, education, and digital economy.

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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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