State Information Service – Egypt
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi led the continent in a great way as the chairman of the African Union (AU).
In a press conference held on Tuesday 10/12/2019 at the end of his talks with President Sisi at Ittihadiya Palace here, the South African president greeted Sisi for doing a terrific job as the AU president this year, voicing keenness on completing the Cape Town to Cairo Railway project.
Ramaphosa expressed his gratitude to the warm welcome he received during his current visit to Egypt which he said offered an opportunity for furthering the close relationship between both countries.
He added that he had frank and transparent talks with President Sisi which he said have touched on promoting bilateral relations.
He pointed out that he and President Sisi have agreed to elevate bilateral relations to the strategic level to boost cooperation in various fields.
Talks also tackled regional and international issues of mutual interest and means of beefing up economic and trade activities as well as partnerships between the Egyptian and South African companies, Ramaphosa said.
Challenges to international and regional security and peace were tackled during the talks with both countries asserting their commitment to preserving peace and proceed with the development efforts in the African continent and the world, he added.
Both countries also agreed to continue efforts to achieve Africa’s 2020 plan to silence the guns, he said.
He added that they also asserted the importance of promoting good governance practices mainly when it comes to the UN Security Council so that it would be more representative of the world’s countries.
Earlier in the day, a red carpet ceremony was accorded to the South African president upon his arrival at Itthadiya Palace and the national anthems of the two countries were played.