Trump calls presidents of Nigeria, South Africa
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 15, 2017,
Feb 15, 2017, 14:52
Trump and Zuma also agreed to work together toward peace and stability on the continent, reaffirming South Africa's role as one of Africa's strongest diplomatic players.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The President of United States, Donald Trump at 9:45 am in Washington, D.C., US (2:45 pm in London) called President Muhammdu Buhari of Nigeria to wish him Happy Africa Day.
Trump, who spoke with Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi back in November, has shown little to no interest in Africa as a candidate over the previous year or in the first few weeks of his presidency till now.
According to the White House schedule, Trump will talk with Buhari at 1445 UTC, followed by a call with South African President Jacob Zuma at 1510 UTC. A journalist with The Globe and Mail, Geoffery York, referred to the sessions as Trump's "Africa Day". South Africa and Nigeria represent two of Africa's largest economies that attract thousands of investors, recalls SA News. Both also were on very good terms with the erstwhile administration of Barack Obama.
However, the White House's confirmation on Tuesday, about 24 hours after the phone call between the two presidents puts a full stop to speculations that President Buhari may not be feeling well. It is however alleged that Trump's first physical meeting with an African leader was reported to be with the Republic of Congo's Denis Sassou Nguesso in January, days before he took office.