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Ramaphosa ‘aims to renew’ SA’s friendship with SADC countries

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Southern African Development Community is playing a major role in ensuring stability in the region.

FILE: Angola’s President João Lourenço welcomes President Cyril Ramaphosa during his visit on 2 March. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa says he aims to renew South Africa’s friendship with its fellow countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Ramaphosa on Saturday met with Botswana President Ian Khama on the final leg of his three-nation tour.

Earlier this week, the president visited Angola and Namibia to pay courtesy calls on the heads of the states in his capacity as the chairperson of SADC.

Ramaphosa is accompanied by International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

He says SADC is playing a major role in ensuring stability in the region.

“SADC is an important structure because it exists to represent the interest of millions of people in Southern Africa, as well as their interest in extending the process of development. This we do through ensuring that there are peace and stability in our region.”

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