South African government urges to lift sanctions imposed by U.S.

President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa urged to lift coercive sanctions imposed on nations by the US government.

“We affirm our support for the call on sanctions imposed on Cuba, Sudan, Iran, Venezuela and Zimbabwe to be lifted to ensure their access to essential supplies” to fight COVID-19, said the South African president.

Ramaphosa described the coercive measures implemented by Washington as “illegal.”

“This is time for solidarity and not exclusion or for vengeance or revenge,” he stressed.

During his speech at the Virtual Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), themed “United against COVID-19,” the South African president also called for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to postpone interest payments so that African countries can have a space for fiscal actions and respond to their people amid the pandemic.

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