Newly sworn-in Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is receiving congratulatory messages from presidents across the country.
The most recent president to congratulate president Bolsonaro is Cyril Ramaphosa, of South Africa.
A statement released by Pretoria this afternoon reads thus;
“President Cyril Ramaphosa has conveyed on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, his sincere greetings and best wishes to President Jair Bolsonaro, on the occasion of his Presidential inauguration on 1 January 2019, as he assumes his role and official duties as the 38th President of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
It is President Ramaphosa’s firm belief that this occasion will mark the beginning of revitalised, excellent and strategic relations that Brazil and South Africa enjoy.” The special bond between the two nations has continued to grow over many years and through many shared commitments and common experiences, more particularly the concerted and continuous efforts to comprehensively deepen South-South Cooperation within the ambit of not only IBSA, but also the BRICS formation.
Ramaphosa also revealed in the statement that “The Government and the people of South Africa are ready to expand on the already fruitful bilateral relations aimed at advancing cooperation in all areas and to further expand on the relationship between the two fraternal countries to achieve common objectives. The South African Government looks forward to working together with the new government of the Federative Republic of Brazil under the leadership of President Jair Bolsonaro.”