African Union

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 1st September 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met with President Cyril Ramaphosa in his role as African Union Chair.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK and South Africa enjoy a strong bilateral relationship. Through our High Commission in Pretoria we regularly engage with the South African Government on African Union (AU) and regional issues. The Foreign Secretary has spoken twice with the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, since South Africa became AU Chair, and I spoke with my South African counterpart, Mr Alvin Botes, on 16 July. I also met a number of senior AU officials including Kwesi Quartey (Acting Chairperson), Albert M Muchanga (Commissioner for Trade and Industry), Amira El Fadil (Commissioner for Social Affairs), and Smail Chergui (Peace & Security Commissioner) during my visit to Ethiopia in July.

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