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President Ramaphosa and UK PM Starmer pledge to deepen ties

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In a phone call on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa and newly elected British Prime Minister Keir Starmer reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing relations between South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Newly elected UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer and South AFrican President Cyril Ramaphosa. Pictures: Jordan Pettitt, via Reuters and Independent Newspapers

IN A PHONE call on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa and newly elected British Prime Minister Keir Starmer reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing relations between South Africa and the United Kingdom (UK).

Starmer, who assumed office on Friday, expressed his interest in collaborating closely with South Africa as part of executing the strong mandate given to the Labour Party in the recent UK general election.

According to the Presidency, the two leaders discussed various areas of co-operation, including the just energy transition, and expressed their commitment to deepening relations.

Ramaphosa congratulated Starmer on his electoral victory and highlighted that the Statement of Intent framing South Africa’s Government of National Unity (GNU) aligned with many shared objectives between the two administrations.

Sunday’s call built upon their previous discussions during Ramaphosa’s state visit to London in November 2022. At that time, Starmer led the opposition Labour Party.

Describing the bilateral relationship as a “special bond”, Ramaphosa emphasised South Africa’s desire for greater alignment with the UK at both national and multilateral levels. With South Africa set to preside over the G20 in 2025, this presents a unique opportunity for enhanced co-operation.

“President Ramaphosa foresees closer cooperation with [the] UK in the political, social, people-to-people, diplomatic, trade and investment and climate change domains,” said the Presidency.

Starmer concurred, recognising the G20 as a crucial platform for advancing shared interests in climate action, economic growth and the reduction of inequality.

Source: SAnews.gov.za

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