On April 11, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa Nomaindiya Mfeketo on the sidelines of the consultative meeting of BRICS special representatives for the Middle East in Visakhapatnam, India.
During their sincere talks, the parties discussed certain important issues for further development of the traditionally friendly relations between Russia and South Africa. This included the intensification of political dialogue and the strengthening of coordination of Russian and South African international approaches, including within BRICS and G20.
They also reviewed the task of increasing effective cooperation between Russia and the African Union, as well as other sub-regional African organisations, primarily the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The parties exchanged views on the situation emerging in Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Burundi, Zimbabwe, the Sahara-Sahel zone, the Republic of South Sudan, and the African Horn. They stressed the need to settle conflicts in Africa by peaceful means on the basis of firm adherence to the principles of international law and the charters of the African Union and the United Nations.