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ALGIERS, February 12 (Itar-Tass) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who’s ending his visit to Algeria on Tuesday, will head for South Africa to meet his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
The talks in Pretoria will focus on preparations for the BRICS summit scheduled to take place in Durban on March 26-2. It’s going to be the first meeting of the BRICS leaders in the African continent, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its previous reports.
“We consider partnership within the BRICS group to be a powerful stimulus to building up cooperation between Russia and South Africa in which the task of developing practical interaction in the economic, scientific-technological, innovative, educational and cultural spheres are coming to the forefront more and more often. Russia’s participation in the BRICS group is a priority of our foreign policy,” the Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized.
Besides, the Russian and South African foreign ministers will discuss the situations in Syria, the Sahara-Sahel region, in Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and other trouble spots.
The same day, Lavrov will travel to Mozambique to meet the country’s leadership, including Foreign Minister Oldemiro Baloi.
“This will be the first visit by the Russian foreign minister to Mozambique over the entire history of our relations with this country,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed. The agenda is expected to be dominated by questions linked to the state and prospects of trade, economic and investment cooperation, primarily in the oil & gas sector, as well as expansion of mutually beneficial ties in other spheres.