Ramaphosa confirms productive call with Biden on Ukraine Russia war

Ramaphosa confirms productive call with Biden on Ukraine Russia war

On Friday evening Ramaphosa took to Twitter to confirm that he and Biden had had a “productive call earlier this evening” to discuss a wide range of issues including the war.

“As part of deepening relations, we agreed to set up a team to strengthen trade, increase investment in infrastructure and work to tackle climate change.

“We discussed the need to support growth and development on the African continent. We shared views on the conflict in Ukraine and agreed on the need for a ceasefire and dialogue between Ukraine and Russia,” tweeted Ramaphosa.

US President Joe Biden has now joined a number of world leaders that President Cyril Ramaphosa has been engaging on the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Ramaphosa said he also congratulated Biden on the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Jackson Brown as the first black woman justice of the US Supreme Court.

Ramaphosa has had telephonic conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the need for humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine.

Ramaphosa indicated recently he would also like to engage his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in a bid to convince both countries to rather settle their differences in a peaceful manner through negotiations.

South Africa was criticised for abstaining during a UN General Assembly vote to condemn Russia. One of the reasons for Ramaphosa’s engagements is to explain to world leaders why SA has taken a non-aligned position on the matter.

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