- German Chancellor Angela Merkel was greeted with the warmest of welcomes by President Ramaphosa and his delegation
- Merkel was treated to a 19-round military salute to mark the occasion
- Ramaphosa hopes that the visit served to strengthen ties between the two nations
President Cyril Ramaphosa ensured that German Chancellor Angela Merkel received a welcome befitting her status as one of the world's most respected politicians.
Lauded for her skill at renewing the nation's economy, Merkel has been named the most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Ramaphosa was all smiles during the working visit to South Africa, commenting that:
"It has been my great pleasure to receive Chancellor Merkel and her delegation for talks this morning, where we held fruitful deliberations. Germany is one of South Africa’s most strategic partners and to receive the Chancellor and her delegation has been a great honour."
The politician revealed that Germany is one of the largest trading partners for Mzansi:
"Germany is South Africa’s second-largest trading partner, a major investor, a significant tourism market and a most valued developmental partner. South Africa and Germany are both non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and we had a chance today to discuss several issues on the Security Council agenda. We also addressed a number of bilateral issues."
Ramaphosa highlighted the success of the visit, noting the strengthened relations:
"Ultimately, the ties that bind our two countries are the strong relations that have developed between our two peoples, and a shared commitment to a just, prosperous, peaceful and sustainable future for all. This has been a most successful and most welcome visit."
But the politician is adamant these ties will only strengthen over time:
"We remain greatly encouraged that the lasting bonds between our two countries are stronger than ever, and will grow even stronger in time to come."
Briefly.co.za gathered that Merkel's first official visit to Mzansi was honoured with a 19-round gun salute.
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