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Moscow expects second Russia-Africa Summit to take relations to new level, Lavrov says

The second Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum is scheduled for July 26-29

PRETORIA, January 23. /TASS/. Moscow expects the second Russia-Africa Summit to take its relations with the continent to a new level, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.

"We talked about preparations for the second Russia-Africa Summit that will take place in St. Petersburg in July. We believe that its results will be based on the work that has been done since the first summit, held in Sochi in the fall of 2019, and will help take our ties to new levels," Lavrov pointed out at a press conference following talks with South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor.

"We have seen great interest on the part of our South African friends in making sure that the event results in meaningful agreements," the Russian top diplomat added.

The Roscongress Foundation announced earlier that the second Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum were scheduled for July 26-29. The first event, themed "For Peace, Security and Development," took place in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi from October 22-24, 2019.