Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
On April 20, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks with Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is on a working visit in Moscow.
They held an earnest exchange of opinions on the condition and prospects of cooperation in the Russia-African Union format under the memorandum of mutual understanding between the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the African Union Commission, signed in 2014. The sides coordinated specific steps on further development of Russian-African multi-faceted cooperation, and reaffirmed their mutual determination to give an additional impetus to Russia’s trade and economic ties with African countries and create favourable conditions for the participation of Russian companies in regional infrastructure projects.
Mr Lavrov expressed support for the African Union’s line as a pan-African organisation to promote regional integration processes, develop the human potential and normalise the situation in hotspots of tension, in accordance with the principle of finding African solutions to African problems.
During the discussion of urgent foreign policy issues, Mr Lavrov and Ms Dlamini-Zuma agreed on the need to create a multi-polar system of international relations on the basis of consolidated approaches to the drafting of UN resolutions, and respect for the UN Charter principle on non-interference in the domestic affairs of sovereign countries. In this context the sides reviewed in detail the problems of crisis settlement and post-crisis recovery in Africa, with an emphasis on the developments in Mali, Libya, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Having expressed serious concern over the actions of radical and terrorist organisations that pose a universal threat, Mr Lavrov and Ms Dlamini-Zuma agreed to continue closely coordinating the political positions of Russia and the African Union.