SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT URGES TRUMP TO INCREASE TRADE TIES WITH AFRICA

The South African Parliamentary Committee on International Relations and Co-operation has called on United States President-elect Donald Trump to continue deepening aid and increase trade relations with Africa.

"The United States needs the world and the world needs the United States for stability and a prosperous future," acting Committee chairperson Bheki Radebe said in his congratulatory message to Trump.

"President-elect Trump has an opportunity to demonstrate to the world that he is for development and prosperity, in line with his campaign message of making America great again," Radebe said.

Trump defeated his Democratic Party rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's presidential election. In his victory speech, he vowed to be a president for all Americans.

Trump will officially assume office in January 2017, taking over from President Barack Obama.

Radebe said the Parliamentary Committee welcomed the spirit in which the candidates competed in this election, and the ease with which defeat was conceded. "It is democracy in action when the less popular candidate wins and the loser graciously accepts," he added in reference to the fact that while Clinton won more popular votes she obtained less of the electoral college seats assigned to individual states under the US presidential election format.

He said the African continent had historical relations with the United States which date back into history.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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