July 13, 2024

US and South African National Security Advisors Discuss Key Priorities and Partnerships

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks to reporters Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)
White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks to reporters Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan of the United States engaged in a productive phone call on Monday with his South African counterpart, National Security Advisor Sydney Mufamadi.

One of the central points of discussion was South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s firm stance on addressing concerns related to the activities of the Lady R, an issue that had raised eyebrows last year. National Security Advisor Sullivan expressed his appreciation for President Ramaphosa’s commitment to tackling this matter seriously, reflecting the importance both countries place on preserving international security and stability.

The conversation between Sullivan and Mufamadi also reconfirmed the robust and enduring partnership between South Africa and the United States. Both leaders reiterated their commitment to advancing shared priorities that encompass a wide range of sectors. These priorities include trade and investment, which play a pivotal role in strengthening economic ties between the two nations, as well as infrastructure development, which holds the potential to spur growth and innovation on both sides.

Health and climate change were other critical topics of conversation. As the world grapples with pressing global challenges, the U.S. and South Africa pledged to collaborate closely on public health initiatives and climate action. Their shared commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change underscores the role of responsible leadership in safeguarding the planet for future generations.

Turning their attention to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Sullivan and Mufamadi affirmed their commitment to working together to explore pathways toward achieving a just and lasting peace. Their continued engagement on this issue reflects their shared dedication to resolving international crises through diplomatic means.

Furthermore, National Security Advisor Sullivan expressed his gratitude to South Africa for hosting the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, scheduled for early November. The AGOA Forum is a pivotal event for strengthening trade relations between the United States and African nations, underlining the mutual importance of economic partnerships.

National Security Advisor Sullivan also conveyed his heartfelt condolences on the passing of Aziz Pahad, a prominent South African politician, diplomat, and anti-apartheid activist. Pahad’s unwavering commitment to peace, justice, and racial equality left an indelible mark on both South Africans and Americans, serving as a reminder of the enduring values that unite the two nations.

The conversation underscored the significance of the enduring partnership between the two nations and highlighted several key areas of mutual interest and cooperation, the White House said in a statement.

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