German Chancellor Angela Merkel was greeted with the warmest of welcomes by President Ramaphosa and his delegation – Merkel was treated to a 19-round military salute to mark the occasion – Ramaphosa hopes that the visit served to strengthen ties between the two nations.
“It has been my great pleasure to receive Chancellor Merkel and her delegation for talks this morning, where we held fruitful deliberations. Germany is one of South Africa’s most strategic partners and to receive the Chancellor and her delegation has been a great honour.”
A 19-round gun salute is fired in honour of Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany as the welcome ceremony gets underway. This is Chancellor Merkel’s first official visit to South Africa.
#GermanyInSA #BetterAfricaBetterWorld pic.twitter.com/9CXfWk3jSc
— Khusela Diko🇿🇦 (@KhuselaS) February 6, 2020
The politician revealed that Germany is one of the largest trading partners for Mzansi: “Germany is South Africa’s second-largest trading partner, a major investor, a significant tourism market and a most valued developmental partner. South Africa and Germany are both non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and we had a chance today to discuss several issues on the Security Council agenda. We also addressed a number of bilateral issues.”
Ramaphosa highlighted the success of the visit, noting the strengthened relations: “Ultimately, the ties that bind our two countries are the strong relations that have developed between our two peoples, and a shared commitment to a just, prosperous, peaceful and sustainable future for all. This has been a most successful and most welcome visit.”
Beautiful reception of Chancellor Markel at #UnionBuildings, she was greeted with military honours, walking side by side with President @CyrilRamaphosa.Thank you @PresidencyZA and @DircoZA for great ceremony and your trusted cooperation in organization of the visit! #GermanyinSA pic.twitter.com/Yl7CSNWxKh
— Martin Schäfer (@AmbSchaefer) February 6, 2020
But the politician is adamant these ties will only strengthen over time: “We remain greatly encouraged that the lasting bonds between our two countries are stronger than ever, and will grow even stronger in time to come.”
— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) February 6, 2020
Source : Briefly