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In pursuance of the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Russian Federation and the African Union on the Basics of Relations and Cooperation of October 24, 2019, at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, a representative delegation headed by the Chairman of the African Union Commission (CAS) visited Moscow M. Faki Mahamatom. On November 16, a meeting of the heads of the Russian diplomatic department and the KAS took place.

During the talks, the parties highlighted the persistent, despite the global challenges of our time, a firm commitment to further strengthening close cooperation between the Russian Federation and the African Union Commission to achieve their common goals: peace, security, stability and conditions for sustainable development.

The central topic of the discussion was an in-depth analysis of the state and prospects of promoting a multifaceted partnership between Russia and Africa. The need to expand political dialogue, implement economic and infrastructure projects that can positively affect the living conditions of the population of the continent’s countries, and build up cooperation in the scientific, educational, humanitarian and cultural fields was emphasized.

The parties confirmed that the second Russia-Africa summit will take place in 2022, discussed in detail the possible dates and venue of the event, taking into account the coronavirus pandemic.

An agreement was reached on the soonest completion of the coordination of the Russia-African Union Action Plan for 2022-2025, in order to adopt it during the second Russia-Africa summit. The African Union expressed its readiness to work closely with Russia to implement the provisions of the Action Plan.

The Russian side also expressed hope for the practical transfer of cooperation between the African Union and the Eurasian Economic Commission within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed during the first Russian-African summit in Sochi.

When considering topical issues on the international and regional agenda, the parties noted with satisfaction the similarity of approaches to solving the problems of the modern world. Much attention was paid to the theme of the peaceful settlement of conflicts on the African continent through dialogue. The Russian side welcomed the efforts of the African Union in the reconciliation of the parties to the conflict in Ethiopia. The parties discussed in detail the situation in the Sahara-Sahel region and the situation in Mali, noted the need for a comprehensive solution to the crisis, exchanged views on the processes in the Great Lakes region, as well as in Libya and Sudan.

A general concern was expressed about the growth and spread of international terrorism, piracy, cross-border organized crime, illegal migration. The need to unite forces in the fight against these threats was noted. In order to increase Africa’s potential in the search for “African solutions to African problems,” Russia is ready to expand the practice of training Africans participating in peacekeeping missions, and to increase the interaction of specialized agencies.

The parties expressed serious concern about the ongoing spread of the new coronavirus infection in the world and its consequences, noted the need to improve international cooperation in the fight against epidemics, pandemics and other public health challenges. The parties agreed to explore the possibility of producing a vaccine on the continent. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced Russia’s intention to continue providing specialized assistance to African states in a bilateral format and through international structures.

The sides reaffirmed the key role of the joint efforts of the United Nations and the African Union in overcoming the acute challenges facing the countries of the continent today. In this context, they noted the importance of strengthening interaction between the two organizations on the African peacekeeping track. African Union Commission Chairman M. Faqi Mahamat stressed the need for African peacekeeping missions to fund their peacekeeping operations from UN funds.

Sergey Lavrov stressed that Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, will invariably pay the most serious attention and provide the necessary support to African initiatives aimed at resolving conflict situations in Africa.

M. Faki Makhamat welcomed the position of Russia, advocating the expansion of the representation of developing, including African, states in the UN Security Council, which would contribute to the adaptation of the world Organization to modern realities and would correspond to the increased role of the continent’s countries in the world arena. The parties agreed that the adherence of African states to the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration creates the basis for arriving at a model for transforming the UN Security Council that would meet the interests and aspirations of Africans.

The parties agreed to interact on the consequences of climate change for the continent.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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