On June 16 the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia H.E.M.Bogdanov held consultations in Johannesburg with the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa H.E.Nomaindia Mfeketo.
During the free and open exchange of opinions which confirmed the identity or proximity of the approaches of Moscow and Pretoria to key international issues the main focus was made on the objective to consolidate the efforts by the international community in the UN and other international fora in order to unblock the conflict situations in Africa and the Middle East, particularly in Libya, South Sudan and Burundi. The importance was stressed of the proactive role of the African Union in a search for a speedy and durable settlement in the “hot spots” in Africa.
On the day before H.E.M.Bogdanov also discussed in detail the topic of South Sudan conflict resolution with the Special Envoy of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry for Sudan and South Sudan J.P.Hemprud. Both sides confirmed that there was no alternative to political ways of achieving peace and stability in the Republic of South Sudan.