French President Francois Hollande has assured his visiting South African counterpart Jacob Zuma that the British vote to leave the European Union won't affect economic relations between the EU and his country.

Speaking at a joint press conference at the Elysee, Hollande said Monday that a British exit from the EU, or Brexit, "will have no impact" on the relations between the bloc and South Africa.

Hollande said that "on the contrary, we are going to strengthen our commercial relations" with South Africa.

He said the former British colony is a "key partner" to the EU.

Zuma, on a state visit to France, said that he and Hollande have committed to "strengthening cooperation on regional and global peace and security as well as global governance issues."