South Africa and the US have vowed to work more closely in areas such as climate change and security, despite disagreement on the war in Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden and South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa pledged to cooperate on health, security and climate on Friday, as the South African head of state visited the White House.
The visit comes weeks after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to South Africa and said that Washington sees African countries as "equal partners" in tackling global issues.
"We really need to make sure we fully understand one another," Biden said of South Africa. "Our partnership is essential."
Ramaphosa said he sought to work together on security, including in neighboring Mozambique, which has been grappling with an Islamist insurgency in its northern Cabo Delgado province. He added that Washington had a "key" role to play in security in the continent.