A Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov has revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will have separate brief meetings with the leaders of eight African countries on October 23, on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi.
“Putin will hold a number of bilateral meetings that were coordinated in advance. As we plan, each meeting will continue some 30 to 45 minutes, several states will be received. Given that this year we have already received several visiting representatives from the African continent, this work will be continued during the summit,” Yuri Ushakov told journalists in Russia.
Apart from a meeting and negotiations with Egypt’s president El Sisi on the sidelines of the events, President Putin will meet seven other African Heads of State. El Sisi who has already arrived Sochi and Russia’s Vladmir Putin will co-chair the summit, which will focus on Russian-African cooperation in the fields of investement, industry, trade exchange, housing, science, education, media, infrastructure and nuclear technology.
In addition, Putin is expected to meet with Namibian President Hage Gottfried Geingob, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, President of Central African Republic Archange Touadera, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Felix Tshiskedi, President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan.
The sides will be on bilateral cooperation as well as international issues, in particular the settlement of regional conflicts in Africa.
Ushakov said that the Russian president would try to have separate ‘on the go’ conversations with the leaders of all 43 countries that will attend the forum, adding that it was simply impossible to schedule 30-45 minute conversations with all of them.
Russia is expecting to host 47 African leaders at the 23-24 October summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Out of the 47 invited 40 have already confirmed their presence.