Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump makes first official telephone call to President Jacob Zuma

Trump makes first official telephone call to President Jacob Zuma

Recall that US-owned global news media CNN had confirmed the conversation between the Nigerian leader and and his American counterpart amid insinuations in some quarters that President Buhari may have not had conversation with Trump because he was allegedly too sick to do so.

It will be recalled that Trump's first physical meeting with an African leader was reported to be with Republic of Congo's Sassou Nguesso in January days before he took office.

He mentioned that President Trump "on Monday spoke with President Buhari of Nigeria, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa".

Trump spent the morning calling two of the continent's most prominent leaders, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (pictured here) and South African President Jacob Zuma, to discuss combating terrorism, trade relations and other issues.

Both men, presiding over the continent's largest economies, have faced public dissent in the past week.

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This is the first time the two leaders are communicating directly since Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States.

Trump commended Buhari's progress in the fight against Boko Haram, particularly securing the release of some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014, according to a readout released by Nigeria's presidency.

In 2014 almost 300 girls were kidnapped from a boarding school in Chibok by terror group Boko Haram.

Trump has previously referred to South Africa as a crime-ridden mess and said it's a country waiting to explode. Zuma and Trump stressed the need to work together on global issues, especially in the quest for peace and stability in Africa.

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