South Africa and Ethiopia on Sunday vowed to strengthen their historical bilateral relations. 

“We recall with pride and gratitude the historic relations between South Africa and Ethiopia. We recognize the importance of the military training provided to Nelson Mandela as we embarked on our armed struggle [against Apartheid] ,” South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said at a joint briefing with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali.

The South African leader also congratulated Abiy for his efforts in championing political and social reforms in Ethiopia, as well as his peace initiatives in the horn of Africa region.

“We have

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