South Africa/USA: Five things on the agenda for President Ramaphosa’s White House visit

By Carien du Plessis, Julian Pecquet
Posted on Monday, 5 September 2022 07:00

U.S. President Joe Biden talks with South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa
U.S. President Joe Biden talks with South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa as they arrive for a working session during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS

The White House announced late Thursday (1 September) that President Joe Biden will be hosting his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa in Washington on 16 September ahead of the UN General Assembly in New York. Security, trade climate, food, health... here is a breakdown of the key points they will address.

The meeting is a chance for the US president to connect with the leader of America’s top trading partner on the continent and a key partner in Africa’s green energy transition for the first time since they spoke by phone five months ago. The two men will aim to deepen their countries’ strategic partnership, even as tensions persist over South Africa’s resistance to denouncing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.