International Relations Minister Naledi Pandar receives United States (US) Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during the South Africa-US Strategic Dialogue in Pretoria on Monday.

Historical and sincere relations have developed between the countries. The dialogue is a platform for countries to review bilateral relations, explore new areas of cooperation, and exchange views on matters of mutual interest.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken meets International Relations Minister Naledi Pandar in Pretoria on Monday ahead of the South Africa-US Strategic Dialogue.

The US is a major export market for South Africa and a significant source of technology transfer for foreign direct investment, development aid and tourism.

The trade and investment relationship takes place under the auspices of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which provides duty-free and quota-free access to the United States market for value-added goods.

The United States is South Africa’s third largest trading partner, with more than 600 American companies operating within South Africa.

US foreign direct investment (FDI) in South Africa was estimated at US$7.8 billion in 2019.

South Africa and the United States to strengthen bilateral relations

Visiting the Hector Peterson Museum on Sunday

Blinken says South Africa and the US can learn from each other in tackling social injustice. He was speaking after visiting the Hector Peterson Museum in Soweto on Sunday.

“Hector’s story resonates. We have our own struggle for freedom and inequality in the United States of America, and South Africa’s struggle is unique, but there are so many commonalities and it resonates with us so much, but what’s extraordinary about this museum is that it’s living history because it inspiring people to see the power of young people to make a difference in our societies.”

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke about how South Africa and the US can work together

Joined by Hector Peterson’s sister Antoinette Sithole, she says young people must take their rightful place in the world.

“The museum is a reminder for the future generation. We have to know where we are going, don’t forget that the youth have taken a stand, which means we are opening the door and the way as the future generation and with responsibility, and we want to live in peace, not division,” Sithole said.

Meanwhile, bilateral ties between South Africa and the United States of America will be strengthened when Blink meets International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandora for a strategic dialogue where economic ties and other important areas will be prioritized between Pretoria and Washington DC.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visits the Hector Petersen memorial in Soweto

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