MOSCOW, February 3. /TASS/. An international parliamentary forum with the participation of African partners, scheduled for March in Moscow, will give a significant impetus to the second Russia-Africa summit, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.
"We are working with Africans to fill with content the second Russia-Africa summit scheduled for late July in St. Petersburg. The international parliamentary forum with the participation of African partners scheduled for March in Moscow should give a significant impetus to this preparatory work and the strengthening of contacts between our countries," the top diplomat told a meeting of the United Russia Party commission on international cooperation and support of compatriots abroad.
Lavrov also noted that Russia was constantly promoting foreign policy coordination with African partners through foreign ministries. "Just recently I returned from another trip to the African continent. We will be ready to host African guests, our colleagues from foreign ministries, such contacts are also planned," he added.
As Roscongress previously reported, the second Russia-Africa summit and economic forum is scheduled for July 26 to 29 in St. Petersburg. The first event was held October 22 to 24, 2019 in Sochi under the slogan ‘For Peace, Security and Development’.