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updated 12:00 PM UTC, Mar 9, 2017

Vladimir Putin will hold talks on August 28 with President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, who is in Russia on a working visit.

   Ahead of the Mixed Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation meeting in November, the two leaders will discuss opportunities for developing the strategic partnership between Russia and South Africa. The main subjects of discussion will include expanding bilateral investment ties and increasing bilateral trade, in particular through increasing imports of agricultural produce from South Africa. The talks will focus in particular on multilateral cooperation within the BRICS group and implementation of the decisions reached at the BRICS summit in Brazil in July.

  The two presidents will also exchange views on a number of current international and regional issues.

Vladimir Putin held talks with President of the South African Republic Jacob Zuma, who is in Russia on a working visit.

   The discussion focussed on bilateral relations and cooperation on the international arena, particularly within BRICS.

   PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Mr President, It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Moscow. I am happy to note that our relations are developing successfully. We maintain regular contacts both at the top level and in our working relations. We are developing both bilateral and multilateral ties – I am referring primarily to our cooperation within BRICS. I greatly appreciate this opportunity to meet with you in Russia. Thank you for accepting our invitation.

   PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA JACOB ZUMA: Thank you very much, Mr President, for your warm welcome. I have been received very warmly in Moscow. I am also very happy that our relations are developing very steadily and very surely. I am also happy with the direction that we have set, as are many of my colleagues. As for our relations, particularly in the economic area, I think they are moving forward very well. I appreciate that we have this opportunity to discuss some of the international issues as well. I agree too that BRICS has opened up a bigger place for our relations, and they are very meaningful on a number of issues. So I am pleased that I am once again here and have an opportunity to exchange views on different issues.

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