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'Deeply Rooted in History': Russia-SA Relations to Stay 'Friendly' After Elections, Ambassador Says

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Flag of South Africa - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 25.06.2024
The 10th International Forum "Primakov Readings" takes place in Moscow on June 25-26. Since its inception in 2015, the forum has acquired the status of an authoritative venue for discussing the development of international relations, the challenges of international security, as well as new models of interaction between subjects of world politics.
The results of the general elections in South Africa will in no way affect the nature of relations with Russia, and they will continue to develop in a friendly manner, South Africa's Ambassador to Russia, Mzuvukile Jeff Maqetuka, told Russian media.

"Our countries will always develop relations on a friendly basis. Following the election results, we have not yet completed the processes of forming a new government, but I am confident that the foundations of our relations will remain the same. The key directions of South Africa’s foreign policy towards Russia will remain; they are too deeply rooted in history," he said on the sidelines of the forum.

Cyril Ramaphosa - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 19.06.2024
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Reelected Ramaphosa Sworn In as South African President
In February, Maqetuka admitted that South Africa could change its foreign policy course and leave BRICS if the opposition came to power after the presidential elections. However, on June 14, Cyril Ramaphosa was re-elected as head of state following the results of the May 29 general elections.
Last week, the Kremlin said that Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Ramaphosa on his reelection during a phone call, and both leaders expressed their desire for their countries to keep working together to further solidify their strategic cooperation.