President Ramaphosa has concluded his official visit to Qatar. He had previously engaged in crucial discussions with his Qatari counterpart, His Highness Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al Thani. SANews reports that the State Visit occurred from November 14-15. It aimed at enhancing the economic ties between the Republic of South Africa and the State of Qatar. The two countries approach the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2024.
During the visit, President Ramaphosa held bilateral discussions with Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, addressing various geopolitical issues affecting the world. Both leaders agreed to broaden their economic relations, with Qatar planning to send a delegation to South Africa to assess potential investment projects, as announced by the Presidency.
They also addressed the need for international support to stop Israel’s onslaught against Gaza. The two heads of state additionally discussed a need for a lasting solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict. President Ramaphosa commended Qatar for mediating the release of civilian captives held by Hamas in Gaza.
The leaders also addressed the Russia-Ukraine conflict, expressing shared positions supporting a peaceful resolution through diplomacy and inclusive political dialogue. President Ramaphosa briefed Sheik Tamim on the African Peace Initiative. Additionally, discussions centred on the reform of the United Nations Security Council, emphasising the necessity of reflecting on current geopolitical realities.
Addressing the Qatari and South African business community, President Ramaphosa encouraged Qatari companies to explore partnerships and invest in developmental projects in South Africa. He highlighted South Africa’s attractiveness as an investment destination, citing its industrialised economy, market access through the African Continental Free Trade Area, vast resources of critical minerals, and ongoing economic reforms.
The visit resulted in the signing of three bilateral agreements covering cooperation in education, empowering women and people with disabilities, and establishing a mechanism for bilateral consultations between Qatar and South Africa. President Ramaphosa congratulated Qatar on successfully hosting the FIFA 2022 World Cup, noting the shared experience with South Africa.
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