World leaders congratulate Ramaphosa on becoming SA president

Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa's new president on Thursday. PHOTO: Cindy Waxa/ANA

President Cyril Ramaphosa has received messages of congratulations from a number of heads of state and government during a round of telephone calls at his official residence in Cape Town.

The Presidency said on Sunday afternoon: “President Ramaphosa conducted discussions with President Joao Lourenco of Angola; (Angola is Chair of the Southern African Development Community Organ on Politics, Defence and Security); Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Sultan Al Nahyan; Prime Minister Kjell Stefan Löfven of Sweden; Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom, and President Ian Khama Khama of Botswana.

“Today, Monday 19 February 2018, President Ramaphosa will be in discussion with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron.”

In a statement on Monday the Presidency said Ramaphosa has “warmly welcomed” the international interest shown in South Africa and its renewal, and expressed the hope that South Africa would strengthen relations with partners in various parts of the world, as it continues to enhance its attractiveness as an investment destination and trade partner.

“This would create more opportunities for South African businesses and contribute positively to the critical effort to create more jobs in the economy.

“In addition to the personal calls of congratulation, the Presidency and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation have received a significant number of messages in various formats from Heads of State and Government continentally and globally, as well as from stakeholders and citizens countrywide.”

– African News Agency (ANA)