Biden, Ramaphosa keen to strengthen US-Africa ties

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gestures as he arrives onstage to address supporters during election night at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, early on November 4, 2020.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gestures as he arrives onstage to address supporters during election night at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, early on November 4, 2020.

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JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa and US President-elect Joe Biden are eager to boost relations between America and the African continent, the presidency said after a phone call between the two leaders.

Ramaphosa, who is also the current chairman of the African Union, "is hopeful of a strong partnership between the United States and the African continent in promoting peace and stability in international relations and advancing multilateralism," his office said in a statement after the call late Tuesday.

"Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have identified Africa as a major player in international affairs and in the advancement of multilateralism," it said.

READ: Ramaphosa speaks to Biden on US-Africa relations

Biden was declared the winner of the November 3 election but Donald Trump has not conceded.

Trump, still president until January, did not make a good impression on Africans during his term. 

Less than a year after he took office, he infamously praised the healthcare system of  "Nambia" -- mispronouncing Namibia -- during a speech at the United Nations.

Months later he referred to Haiti and African nations as "s******* countries" during a closed-door meeting at the White House, sparking global outrage.

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