Zuma, Trump commit to closer ties

PRETORIA — President Jacob Zuma and his U.S counterpart, Donald Trump, have made a commitment to strengthening ties between the two countries.

Zuma and Trump spoke over the phone on Monday afternoon, at the request of the White House.

Trump also spoke to Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari.

Zuma used the opportunity to congratulate Trump on his 2016 electoral victory.

The two leaders emphasised the need to work together to ensure peace on the continent.

The Presidency issued a short statement following the call, saying they have also reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the already strong bilateral relations between the two countries.

There have been concerns about whether Trump will continue to honour the AGOA trade agreement that sees sub-Saharan African nations being given preferential access to the U.S. market.

Zuma said that there are six hundred US companies in South Africa and strong trade relations between the two countries.

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