Press release on Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov's meeting with Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union Smail Chergui
On 23 December, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union Smail Chergui, who is on a working visit in Moscow.
The officials discussed at length the settlement of conflicts in Africa with an emphasis on the Sahara-Sahel region and the situations developing in Mali, Libya, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Somalia. Both parties expressed serious concern over actions of radical Islamic and terrorist organisations that threaten stability in Africa. The parties also confirmed their intention to continue coordinated efforts between Russia and the African Union, including at the UN, to resolve the crises in Africa.
The officials also discussed deepening Russian-African cooperation in the commercial, economic, investment, humanitarian and other areas.