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Ramaphosa Says Travel Ban on South Africa Discriminatory, Unscientific

Ramaphosa Says Travel Ban on South Africa Discriminatory, Unscientific

The president of South Africa, Cyril  Ramaphosa, has described the travel ban placed on the his country and other nations in Southern Africa as “arbitrary, discriminatory, unscientific and unproductive” in the long run.

Ramaphosa said this on Wednesday when he was hosted by Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja during his visit to Nigeria.

He thanked the leaders of Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana and Senegal for expressing their dissatisfaction with the travel bans.

Earlier, Buhari urged for a stronger emphasis on people-to-people relations between South Africa and Nigeria; to evolve to a point where there would be no need for unhealthy competition.

He reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to improving a “special relationship’’ with South Africa, which will translate into gains for the continent, particularly in education, science, trade and investment, tourism and security.

At the opening of the 10th Session of Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission held in his office, Buhari said, “Mr President, permit me to state that some of the challenges identified during the last Bi-National Commission have not been completely addressed. We need to ensure that our people-to-people relations are enhanced to a point where there would be no need for unhealthy competition.

 

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