Tinubu holds bilateral meeting with Ramaphosa in South Africa, says Presidency

Kunle Sanni

President Bola Tinubu is currently engaged in diplomatic, economic, and bilateral discussions with Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa, a presidential aide has disclosed.

A post by Olusegun Dada, who is a Special Assistant on Social Media, via his X account on Thursday said Tinubu and Ramaphosa are in a “diplomatic, economic and bilateral talks”.

He said the talks took place following Ramaphosa’s inaugural ceremony held Wednesday in Pretoria.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu receives South Africa President @CyrilRamaphosa for Diplomatic, Economic and Bilateral talks after a successful Presidential Inauguration Ceremony,” Dada said in the post.

Tinubu travelled to South Africa for Ramaphosa’s inauguration.

Similarly on X, the South African government posted that their nation holds Nigeria as a strategic partner in the context of bilateral relations, the West Africa region, and the continent in the pursuance of the African Agenda, South – South cooperation and in the promotion of a rules-based International System.

“[BILATERAL]: His Excellency President Matamela @CyrilRamaphosa in a bilateral meeting with His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Adekunie Tinubu @officialABAT of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“President Tinubu is in South Africa where he attended the Presidential Inauguration yesterday to witness the swearing-in ceremony of President Ramaphosa.

 “South Africa regards Nigeria as a strategic partner in the context of bilateral relations, the West Africa region, and the continent in the pursuance of the African Agenda, South – South cooperation and in the promotion of a rules-based International System.

Following a historic coalition deal between the governing African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties, Ramaphosa was re-elected as the country’s president.

The new government comprises Ramaphosa’s ANC, the main opposition party, Democratic Alliance (DA), and other smaller parties. This coalition came after the ANC lost its controlling majority in last month’s election, marking the end of their 30-year rule since the end of apartheid.

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