With my visit to Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town this week, I intend to deepen an already wide and multifaceted co-operation with SA, a crucial partner for France and the EU. In an environment of growing global threats, France advocates for enhanced dialogue with its strategic partners, such as SA, and renewed commitment to multilateralism. SA and France share many common values: an unwavering commitment to the fundamental principles of human rights; rule of law and democracy; as well as the belief that, in the long term, only a genuine — but not naive — multilateral approach can protect us on the world stage. SA plays a pivotal role in the political stability of the African continent, but our mutual interests extend further: both France and SA are members of the G20, where we share similar positions on many areas; our two countries are also working together in the UN Security Council to address crucial stakes, such as the fight against terrorism and fostering peace and stabili...

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