South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and visiting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez agreed on Thursday to strengthen bilateral relations between their countries.
“We have just concluded a very fruitful engagement, where we exchanged views on how to consolidate and deepen bilateral relations between our two countries,” Cyril Ramaphosa told reporters during a joint press conference with Sanchez. after their meeting in the capital Pretoria.
He said they had extensive discussions on deepening trade and investment between South Africa and Spain.
The two countries are already cooperating in several key sectors, including education, science, technology and defense, among others.
The two leaders are also expected to sign several memorandums of understanding in the fields of sports, library services and industry among others.
“We are happy to be here, Mr. President, I look forward to strengthening these collaborations with your government,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said he will work with South Africa and others to ensure the upcoming COP27 summit in Egypt achieves its climate change goals.
“One thing that I admire about President Ramaphosa and South Africa as a country is the constructive approach you always have when we talk about how to move forward and overcome conflicts in the region and in the world. world,” Sanchez said.
He said Spain supports South Africa’s approach to seeking peace through diplomatic means.
The two leaders whose countries are the world’s largest citrus exporters also discussed issues affecting agricultural exports to the EU.
Sanchez and Ramaphosa agreed that a solution is needed to address the EU import ban on South African citrus fruits.