South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit Zimbabwe on Saturday for talks with President Emmerson Mnangagwa, his office confirmed Thursday.
The South African Presidency said in a statement that Ramaphosa will also visit Mozambique on the same day as part of his regional tours to apprise regional leaders on the latest developments in his country.
It said Ramaphosa will visit the two countries as chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
“The visit forms part of a long-standing tradition in the SADC region whereby newly elected heads of state pay courtesy calls to the neighboring countries,” said the office.
Ramaphosa took over from former President Jacob Zuma who resigned in February.
During the Zimbabwe visit, Ramaphosa and Mnangagwa are expected to discuss bilateral cooperation and other regional, continental and global issues.
“It is expected that the SADC heads of state will pay a particular focus on the latest political and security developments in the region including the regional economic integration agenda in the SADC,” the office said.
South Africa is Zimbabwe’s biggest trading partner and is home to millions of immigrants from Zimbabwe.