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South Africa hopes Gaza truce bolsters efforts to end conflict

November 22, 2023 at 4:54 pm

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during BRICS Extraordinary Joint Meeting on the Middle East situation in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 21, 2023 [Presidency of South Africa/Anadolu Agency]

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Wednesday, welcomed an agreement for a four-day truce in Gaza and said he hoped the deal between Israel and Palestinian group, Hamas, would bolster efforts to achieve an outright end to their conflict, Reuters reports.

Ramaphosa has been one of the most prominent voices on the African continent on the brutal war between Israel and Hamas that has raged for about seven weeks.

South Africa’s strong support for Palestinians dates back to former President Nelson Mandela’s days, with the country likening their plight to its own before the end of apartheid in 1994. Israel rejects the comparison.

It is my hope that the achievement of this pause will strengthen efforts to achieve an outright end to the current conflict

Ramaphosa said in a statement.

He said there needed to be a durable political resolution in the Middle East.

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