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President Ramaphosa congratulates President Xi and President Putin on their re-election

20 March 2018

China

The President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa has extended his warm congratulations to H.E. President Xi Jinping on his re-election as the President of the People’s Republic of China at the 13th National People’s Congress.  President Xi’s re-election is a vote of confidence by the people of China in his sterling leadership as well as his ability to steer China well into the future as a leading country that will positively impact on the global community.

Photo: President Putin congratulates President Xi on his re-election. (twitter:@EmbassyofRussia)

President Ramaphosa said: "South Africa is confident that the strong bilateral relations between our two countries that is built on a historical legacy of friendship and partnership will continue to grow in scope and stature in the coming years."

Since the establishment of bilateral ties in January 1998, cooperation in the political, economic and social spheres has grown significantly and continues to flourish.

President Ramaphosa said he wishes President Xi as well as the Government and the people of China success and prosperity and looks forward to personally receiving President Xi during his visit to South Africa in July 2018 to attend the 10th BRICS Summit.

Russia

President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, congratulated his Russian counterpart, H.E. Mr Vladimir Putin, following the outcome of the elections held on Sunday, 19 March 2018, that saw President Putin re-elected for a further five-year term.

President Ramaphosa said the overwhelming victory as announced on Monday, 19 March 2018, demonstrated that the people of the Russian Federation have faith in the leadership of President Putin.

President Ramaphosa said he looked forward to further strengthening the already existing political, economic and trade ties between South Africa and the Russian Federation.

South Africa and the Russian Federation enjoy close ties dating back to the days of the struggle against apartheid. Direct contacts between the former USSR and the ANC were established on a regular basis during 1963.

With the dissolution of the USSR, South Africa became the first African state to recognise the independence of the Russian Federation. Full diplomatic relations between South Africa and the Russian Federation were established in February 1992.

South Africa and the Russian Federation share common views and perspectives on several regional and multilateral issues, including matters relating to Africa, BRICS, the UN and the G20. President Ramaphosa said he looks forward to further engagement on these and other matters of mutual interest and concern.

President Putin is expected to visit South Africa in July 2018 on the occasion of the 10th BRICS Summit.

DIRCO

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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