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US President Donald Trump on Monday afternoon called two of Africa's most prominent leaders, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma, to discuss combating terrorism, trade relations and other issues.

Zuma's office confirmed on Monday that it had agreed to a request from the USA for a teleconference between him and Trump.

The US President's first African engagement was a call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

For their part, all day, South Africans speculated what the trans-Atlantic call between Trump and Zuma could entail, from the serious to the downright absurd, like both presidents' questionable gender relations to their insistence on keeping their adult children close to the corridors of power. And South Africa is one of the countries that are very influential on the continent, around the globe, particularly developing nations. The conversation was cordial and President Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States, and on his cabinet. Trump is expected to call Buhari on phone at 3:45pm [Lagos time].

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No details of what the meetings will center on have been released yet.

Yesterday the US President spoke to Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari, who is on holiday in the United Kingdom, and an hour of so later, to SA's Jacob Zuma.

The two presidents head Africa's largest economies.

Trump officially took office as U.S. President on January 20 after winning the November 8, 2016 presidential poll.

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