South Africa – Tuesday, December 19, 2023
President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, on his re-election as president of that country .
According to Egypt’s National Elections Authority, El-Sisi won his third term in office after receiving some 89 .
6% of the votes during the country’s elections held last week .
A Presidency statement said President Ramaphosa congratulated not only El-Sisi but also other candidates .
“The historic elections reflect the will of the people of Egypt in charting their future .
The President also commends the other candidates for participating in the elections in a gracious and commendable manner .
“The President further wishes to congratulate the National Election Authority of Egypt and all national stakeholders for their collective efforts in ensuring a conducive environment in which the elections were conducted .
The President also takes note of the observations of the AU-COMESA [African Union-Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa] Joint Observer Mission,” the statement read .
Furthermore, the Presidency reiterated government’s willingness to strengthen ties between the two countries .
“The South African government reiterates its commitment to continue working with the government and people of Egypt for the mutual benefit of the two countries, to build strong people-to-people ties, and collaborate together in consolidation of the African Agenda .
“The South African Government looks forward to further strengthening bilateral relations with the Government of Egypt,” the Presidency said .
South Africa and Egypt enjoy cordial bilateral relations underpinned by strong historical and fraternal bonds dating back to the era of the liberation struggle .
South Africa considers Egypt a strategic partner that supported the liberation struggle .
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