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Ramaphosa bids farewell to Charles, speaks of ‘friendship, solidarity and partnership’ with UK



  • President Cyril Ramaphosa greeted King Charles at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday night, marking the tip of the primary state go to of the monarch’s reign.
  • Earlier, Ramaphosa met with Prince Edward as a brand new set of well being and science partnerships between SA and the UK was introduced, earlier than the South African president met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and addressed Parliament.
  • “We thanks on your friendship, solidarity and partnership,” Ramaphosa stated. “Please be assured of the honest and enduring friendship of South Africa and its individuals.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s trip to the UK, which marked King Charles III’s first state go to since his accession to the throne, concluded Wednesday night with a farewell at Buckingham Palace.

The royal household shared a clip of the president leaving the palace because the monarch waved goodbye after what was an eventful second day for Ramaphosa.

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Earlier, Ramaphosa met with Prince Edward for a go to to Kew Gardens, which showcases the longstanding scientific and conservation partnerships between South Africa and the UK.

Additionally they noticed the work of the Francis Crick Institute, a biomedical analysis centre collaborating on initiatives with the College of KwaZulu-Natal, as Britain announced a brand new set of well being and science collaborations with South Africa, which is able to have a look at vaccine manufacturing, genome sequencing and local weather change.

Later, Ramaphosa would go on to fulfill with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and tackle the British Parliament.

Following his farewell with Charles, he was additionally hosted by Lord Mayor of the Metropolis of London, Nicholas Lyons, Girl Mayoress Felicity Lyons and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at a state banquet held in his honour.

Ramaphosa spoke of inequality, local weather change and the wealthy historical past between SA and the UK as he addressed the British Parliament Wednesday. “You probably have ever visited our Parliament buildings in Cape City, you might have seen within the gardens a statue of Queen Victoria, the revered ancestor of His Majesty King Charles III. And never removed from the place we’re gathered as we speak, on the opposite facet of Parliament Sq., is a statue of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the daddy of our nation,” he started.

“The presence of the statues of those two nice historic figures on the seats of our respective democracies makes a robust assertion.”

He’d go on to say: “By exploring the total extent of our frequent pursuits and capabilities, I’m sure that we’ll add one other chapter to our lengthy and wealthy historical past,” he stated.

“Because the members of this Parliament, you may have been important and engaged contributors within the evolution of the connection between our two international locations. You have got supplied help and encouragement. You have got stood by us throughout our darkest hours, and you’ve got celebrated our achievements.”

He concluded: “We thanks on your friendship, solidarity and partnership. Please be assured of the honest and enduring friendship of South Africa and its individuals.”    

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