Mr. President of the Federal Russia Vladimir Putin,
Your Majesties, Highnesses and Excellencies Heads of State and Government,
Mr. Chairperson of African Union Commission Moussa Faki,
At the outset, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to President Vladimir Putin, the friendly people of Federal Russia and splendid Sochi City for hospitality and good organization, the African delegations have found since arrival in Russia. I also extend my thanks to all parties that organized this first edition of Africa-Russia summit.
It gives me pleasure to address this important forum before this distinguished gathering on the Federal Russia soil which is a key player on the international arena and one of the most important friends to our African continent. The African-Russian cooperation has taken long strides since mid last century that witnessed Russia’s solidarity with the African countries in their struggle against imperialism, and its material and logistic contribution supporting the African liberation movements.
For years, the African and Russian peoples share several bases of cooperation, aspirations and challenges.
We meet today in the first summit that groups our African continent countries and Federal Russia under the slogan “For Peace, Security and Development” after three months of the Extraordinary Summit of African Union held in Niamey on July 7, 2019, that witnessed launching of the Free African Trade Agreement, which announced executive tools of the enforcement of the agreement. Read more…