23 October 201920:10

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with African foreign ministers

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On October 23 in Sochi, the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation met with heads of foreign affairs agencies from more than 45 African countries participating in the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, during a working breakfast.

In his welcoming remarks, Sergey Lavrov noted that this historic summit taking place in Sochi will open up a new page in the traditionally friendly Russian-African relations and make a significant contribution to strengthening the architecture of mutually beneficial ties, as well as determine the mechanisms for further advancement.

The participants exchanged views, specifically emphasising the need to strengthen Russian-African cooperation in the political, trade, economic, humanitarian and security fields. They reaffirmed a general commitment to the fundamental principle of “African solutions to African problems” with broad constructive support from the international community.

During the meeting, Sergey Lavrov signed the following bilateral documents:

- Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau on Visa-Free Travel for Holders of Diplomatic or Service Passports;

- Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Zambia on Visa-Free Travel for Holders of Diplomatic Passports;

- Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya on Consultations;

- Memorandum on Consultations between the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of South Sudan.

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