February 2, 2023

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Cyril Ramaphosa urges states to reconsider travel ban in South Africa

AA / Abidjan / Fulbert Yao

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday lamented the 72-hour state visit to Abidjan in response to the emergence of the new variant of the corona virus, Omigron, which has banned many countries from entering and leaving South Africa. , Discovered in the country.

“South Africa’s travel restrictions are deplorable. I urge all countries that have imposed travel bans to reconsider their decision and call for the lifting of these restrictions to allow for the movement of people, ”said Cyril Ramaphosa during a joint press conference with the Ivory President. State Alasane Outra.

“It is important that we take the necessary and medical action. We agreed during the G20,” he recalled.

According to him, his country is already recording significant losses in the trade sector with a “50% reduction”.

“While we allow each country to protect its population and support international cooperation, it is important that we be guided by science, not by emotions, let alone political considerations,” he stressed.

During the visit, South Africa and C டிte d’Ivoire signed nine cooperation agreements, particularly on defense, agriculture, aviation, youth development, information and communication technologies, energy, mining, geography and hydrocarbons, women’s empowerment and gender equality and policy consultations.

President Alessandro Ottara urged the South African and Ivorian private sector to accelerate efforts to build stronger partnerships “to boost our economic and trade exchanges.”

He discussed with his South African counterparts regional and international issues, including the availability and local production of the Kovit-19 vaccine, financing Africa’s economic growth, terrorism and global warming.

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He expressed his solidarity with the government and people of South Africa “during this difficult period marked by the emergence of the new Omigron variant.”

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