South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in the UK on a state visit on Monday, where he is due to meet King Charles III and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
This is the new monarch’s first state visit and the first organized visit to the United Kingdom since Queen Elizabeth II hosted US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania in June 2019.
Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Tchibu Motsepe will attend a royal dinner at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday and meet members of the royal family, including heir to the throne Prince William and his wife Kate.
Also part of the program of the visit, he will address Parliament and hold a meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Downing Street.
On Tuesday, the South African official will visit a memorial to Nelson Mandela at Westminster Abbey in 2018, marking the centenary of his birth.
The diplomatic meeting comes at a critical time for Cyril Ramaphosa, who is facing public anger over the economic situation in South Africa.
He was also accused of buying the silence of thieves who found millions in cash in one of his houses in February 2020, raising suspicions of money laundering and corruption. But he denies it.
Cyril Ramaphosa’s last visit to London was during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral at Westminster in September.
Since ascending the throne, King Charles has met with several African leaders, including Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari and Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo.
It is important to note that Ramaphosa’s visit to the United Kingdom comes three days after the climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh (7COP2) said he needed about 1.5 trillion rand ($84 billion) to fund his plans over the next five years. To reduce carbon emissions and shift towards sustainable energy.
At the previous climate summit (COP26) held last year, rich nations including the US, Britain, France, Germany and the European Union pledged $8.5 billion to help Africa’s largest country reduce its emissions and accelerate its transition away from coal. Much of its production relies on electricity.
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