South Africa and eSwatini sign 21 bilateral agreements after Ramaphosa's visit

South Africa and eSwatini sign 21 bilateral agreements after Ramaphosa's visit

- The two nations signed agreements on several regional and continental issues

- Additionally, the agreements will cover trade between the countries

- King Mswati III also invited Cyril Ramaphosa to the upcoming Buganu Festival, suggesting that the meeting went well

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South Africa has entered into over 20 agreements with eSwatini on issues ranging from trade and investment to policing.

This comes in the wake of Cyril Ramaphosa's visit to the country.

The country, formerly known as Swaziland, changed its name last year.

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South Africa engages in more trade with eSwatini than any other country. Total trade between the countries was more than R33 billion in 2017.

South Africa and eSwatini have a close relationship that was strengthened in 2004 with the creation of the Joint Bilateral Commission on Cooperation, which oversees agreements between the two nations.

Additionally, the governments of both countries have ties linked by geographical closeness and their relationship during struggles against colonialism and apartheid.

Today was the last day of Ramaphosa's working visit to the country, during which he met with King Mswati III. The pair discussed regional and continental issues, according to the presidency, as well as international developments.

The president was accompanied on the trip by Lindiwe Sisulu, International Relations and Co-operation Minister, as well as State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, according to eNCA.

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Following their meetings, King Mswati reportedly invited Ramaphosa to attend the upcoming Buganu Festival, which celebrates the year's first marula harvest.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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