South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is hopeful of a strong relationship between the US and Africa following his call with president-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday evening, where they, among other things, discussed ways to strengthen relations to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. News24 reports that Biden, who is set to take office in January 2021, has been vocal about his plans to strengthen diplomatic ties between the US and other countries and he and vice president-elect Kamala Harris have identified Africa as a major player in international affairs and in the advancement of multilateralism. Ramaphosa and Biden also spoke about Biden’s visit to South Africa during apartheid and his admiration for what the democratic South Africa has achieved.