AA / Moscow / Elena Teslova
Russia announced on Tuesday that 49 of the 54 African countries will participate in the second Russia-Africa summit, which will be held in St. Petersburg on July 27-28.
At the press conference held in Moscow, the adviser to the Russian President, Yuri Ushakov, said that 17 countries have confirmed their participation at the level of heads of state.
“To date, 49 out of 54 countries have confirmed their participation,” he said.
And explaining that there will be many bilateral meetings and clarifying that Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to meet with the leaders of all African states.
According to Ushakov, Putin will meet with the leaders of Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Libya, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, as well as the chairman of the African Union Commission Fahamatusa.
According to the official, Russia was preparing for the upcoming summit with great zeal and determination.
“This is a delicate event, especially given today’s context. We attach great importance to this summit and hope that it will be crowned with success,” he said.
According to Ushakov, Vladimir Putin will make a “big announcement” and assess the current state of international relations, including the establishment of a new world order based on the principle of multipolarity and equality of all independent states.
And added: “The focus will be on the perspective of the development of relations between Russia and Africa, in particular, on Russia’s assistance to the sovereign national development of African countries, ensuring equal access to food, fertilizers, modern technologies and energy resources.
“Within the framework of the African peace initiative, a separate meeting regarding Ukraine will also be held. Heads of state and official delegations of South Africa, Comoros, Congo, Egypt, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia will participate in this meeting,” said Ushakov.
“Russia appreciates the sincere efforts of African partners to resolve the conflict by political means,” he concluded.
In June, the leaders of six African countries visited Russia and Ukraine to present their vision for resolving the conflict between the two countries.
*Translated from English by Murad Belhaj