Charles to host first state visit as King for South African president
, 2022-11-22 02:58:21,
The King will host the first inward state visit of his reign when he welcomes South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa to the UK.
Charles will perform his duty as head of state and greet the foreign leader during a ceremony attended by the Queen Consort and Prince and Princess of Wales, and staged on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall.
On the day the two-day state visit by Mr Ramaphosa began, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the UK and South Africa will join forces to “turbocharge infrastructure investment and economic growth together”.
The next phase of the UK-South Africa Infrastructure Partnership is being launched on Tuesday, supporting South Africa’s economic growth through major infrastructure developments and offering increased access to UK companies to projects worth up to £5.37 billion over the next three years, said Downing Street.
Mr Sunak said: “South Africa is already the UK’s biggest trading partner on the continent, and we have ambitious plans to turbocharge infrastructure investment and economic growth together.
“I look forward to welcoming President Ramaphosa to London this week to discuss how we can deepen the partnership between our two great nations and capitalise on shared opportunities, from trade and tourism and security and defence.”
The state visit will see a series of firsts for the royal family who will take part in events over the coming two days as they host their guest Mr…
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