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Pretoria – AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived, Friday, in South Africa, coming from Rwanda, on a visit focused on combating the Corona pandemic and addressing the resulting economic crisis.
Macron arrived in Johannesburg in the afternoon, and is scheduled to travel to the capital, Pretoria, where he will be received by his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, at his palace in the Union buildings, and the two men will hold a bilateral meeting.
The presidency of South Africa said in a statement Thursday that they will discuss in particular the issue of vaccine manufacturing in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent, as well as the temporary lifting of intellectual property rights over vaccines.
After the talks, the two presidents will travel in the afternoon to the University of Pretoria to launch a program to support vaccine production in Africa, supported by the European Union, the United States and the World Bank.
The two presidents will also discuss climate and economic challenges, at a time when France aspires to have more presence in the South African market, especially in the field of environmental transformation.
Macron will meet the French community on Saturday, as he usually does on all his trips abroad. It is likely that he will touch on France’s decision to impose a ten-day quarantine on everyone coming from South Africa.
This procedure will apply to the accompanying delegation upon its return to France, with the exception of Macron himself.
Before returning to France, Macron will visit the Nelson Mandela Institute, which was named after the first black president of South Africa, and is active today in fighting AIDS and promoting education in rural areas.
Macron was scheduled to visit South Africa, more than a year ago, but the epidemic necessitated postponing the visit at a time when this country records the highest toll on the African continent, exceeding 1.6 million injuries and 56 thousand deaths, according to official figures.
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