updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

   On 17 September Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will pay a working visit to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. He will hold talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and his Ethiopian counterpart Tedros Adhanom in Addis Ababa.

   The sides will pay special attention to discussing the development of mutually beneficial and multifaceted relations between Russia and Ethiopia, our long-time partner in Africa. Among the issues to be discussed is also trade, economic and investment cooperation, in particular, the implementation of major joint projects on energy, hydrocarbon production, agriculture and transport infrastructure in Ethiopia, and assistance in the training of Ethiopian personnel. The sides will also review further steps on improving the bilateral contractual and legal foundation.

   They will also focus on key international issues, the situation in different African regions and the prevention and resolution of crises.

   In Addis Ababa, Mr Lavrov will also meet with Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. They will discuss ways of promoting cooperation between Russia and the Union, in particular, on urgent international and regional issues. The sides will exchange views on the situation in Africa’s hot spots, primarily Mali, the Saharan-Sahel region, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the African Great Lakes, and Somalia.

   The sides will sign a memorandum of mutual understanding on the mechanism of political consultations between the Russian Foreign Ministry and the African Union Commission. They will also concentrate on discussing prospects of Russian-African trade and economic cooperation, with an emphasis on creating favourable conditions for investment activities of Russian companies.