Russia Wants to Strengthen Relations with African Countries. PHOTO/Reuters
MOSCOW – Moscow expecting Russia summit- Africa secondly to take its relationship with the continent to a new level. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, Monday (23/1/2023).
“We are talking about preparations for the second Russia-Africa summit which will take place in St. Petersburg. Petersburg in July. We believe that the results will be based on the work that has been carried out since the first summit, which was held in Sochi in autumn 2019,” Lavrov said, as quoted by TASS.
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“This will help take our relations to a new level,” Lavrov continued at a news conference after talks with South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor.
“We have seen great interest from our South African friends to ensure that the event results in a meaningful deal,” added Russia’s top diplomat.
The Roscongress Foundation announced earlier that the second Russia-Africa Summit and the Economic Forum are scheduled for July 26-29. The first event, themed “For Peace, Security and Development”, took place at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi from 22-24 October 2019.
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Previously, Russia claimed to be developing military-technical cooperation with China and South Africa. “Regarding the naval drills (by Russia, South Africa and China), and to what extent they reflect a desire to develop military cooperation: we are developing military cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, and also with the Republic of South Africa,” Lavrov said.
The Naval Exercise involving ships from South Africa, Russia and China will be held from 17 February to 27 February. As the South African Ministry of Defense said in a communiqué on its website, the drills will be held in the Indian Ocean over 10 days in the area of the port cities of Durban and Richards Bay.
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