Washington D.C, 3 July 2023 (TDI): US Secretary of State spoke with the South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor regarding their recent visit to Ukraine and Russia alongside the rest of the seven-nation delegation of African leaders in hopes of working towards a durable and lasting resolution to the Ukraine Crisis.
Secretary Blinken praises the delegation’s efforts and highlights the United States’ unwavering support for Ukrainian independence and integrity of territoriality, as well as Ukraine’s goal of a durable and peaceful resolution to stop Russia’s cruel and unjustified conflict.
South Africa-US Relations
The United States and South Africa have had a strong diplomatic relationship since the emergence of democracy in 1994. South Africa is an important US partner, with tight collaboration in education, health, the environment, and the internet economy.
South Africa has made remarkable growth toward founding a democracy of inclusion that entails more opportunities for South Africans since ’94. Despite this, the country has several hindrances, including poor economic development, high criminal activity, unemployment rates, continuing extortion and corruption, and an unrelenting HIV/AIDS epidemic.
America’s support focuses on improving medical management, growing standards in education, training educators, developing agricultural abilities to address food insecurity in the region, and reducing or adapting to climate change.
Both governments hold regular conversations to heighten bilateral investment plus trade possibilities and repair the commerce environment.
In 2012 the two states agreed upon a reformed Trade and Investment Framework Accord (TIFA). Also, South Africa has a membership of the Southern African Customs Union, which in 2008 signed an International Trading, Investments, and Developmental Cooperative Act (TIDCA) with the United States. A bilateral taxation agreement can be found between the USA and South Africa to prevent simultaneous taxation and financial fraud.
Visit to Ukraine and Russia
Seven African leaders, including the presidents of Zambia, Comoro Islands, the states of Senegal and South Africa with Egypt’s prime minister and special representatives from the Republic of Uganda and Congo, visited Ukraine and Russia as part of a self-introduced “peace mission” to help end their nearly one and a half-year-old war.
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