Party leader congratulates Cyril Ramaphosa on re-election as South African President

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on June 14 sent a congratulatory message to the president of the African National Congress (ANC) party, Cyril Ramaphosa, on his re-election as President of South Africa in the 2024-2029 tenure.
Party leader congratulates Cyril Ramaphosa on re-election as South African President
President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa.

Vietnam and South Africa established diplomatic relations on December 22, 1993, but their ties had begun long before that, with the historic milestone being the meeting between representatives of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam) and the African National Congress party on the sidelines of the Bandung Conference in Indonesia in 1955.

Since bilateral diplomatic ties were set up 31 years ago, Vietnam and South Africa have made unceasing efforts to develop substantive and fruitful relations in multiple fields.

The two countries are currently leading African and Southeast Asian partners of each other. Amid fast and complex changes in the world, they still share similar viewpoints on security, cooperation and development issues and show their determination to tighten bilateral connections.

In terms of politics, they have maintained trustworthy and close relations, as seen in frequent mutual visits, which have helped increase mutual trust and experience sharing and set up directions for cooperation between their ministries, sectors, organizations, localities, and businesses. They have also coordinated with and supported each other at many important international, forums such as the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, an South-South Cooperation.

Noting the growth of economic links, the ambassador said bilateral trade rose sixfold to nearly 1.3 billion USD in 2023 from 192 million USD in 2007. Their trade stayed stable during the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting the relatively stable demand for each other’s goods and the complementarity of their export structures. Vietnam mainly exports mobile phones and components, apparel, footwear, and farm produce to South Africa while importing fruits, timber, minerals, and chemicals from the latter.

The two sides have also paid attention to their partnerships in security, defense, peacekeeping operations, wildlife and biodiversity management, science-technology and innovation, higher education, justice, tourism, and wildlife trafficking combat.

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