Ramaphosa arrives in Eswatini for working visit

King Mswati III of eSwatini, pictured in 2017, took the throne of the tiny southern African kingdom in April 1986 and has ruled for more than 31 years

King Mswati III of eSwatini, pictured in 2017, took the throne of the tiny southern African kingdom in April 1986 and has ruled for more than 31 years

President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived for a working visit in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), the presidency said on Sunday.

Ramaphosa and Swazi King Mswati III would hold discussions on bilateral, regional, and continental issues as well as international developments, the presidency said in a statement.

South Africa and Eswatini had cordial bilateral relations which were informed by cultural affinities, geographical proximity, and historical ties dating back to the struggle against colonialism and apartheid in South Africa.

The structured bilateral relations between the two countries were conducted through the joint bilateral commission for cooperation (JBCC) which was established on December 20, 2004, and was convened at ministerial level.

Both countries had signed 21 bilateral agreements which served as legal instruments for cooperation in areas such as cross-border movement of people and goods, trade and investment, health, defence, and policing, among others.

“South Africa is the largest trading partner of Eswatini. Total bilateral trade between the two countries amounted to R33.4 billion in 2017, with exports from South Africa amounting to R17.1 billion, while imports from the kingdom reached a value of R16.2 billion.”

Ramaphopsa was accompanied by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, the presidency said.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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