1st Russia-Africa Summit: Plenary session opens in presence of Bensalah

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SOCHI (Russia)- The plenary session of the 1st Russia-Africa Summit started Thursday, in Sochi, in the presence of about fifty African Union heads of State and Government, including Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah.

This summit is being held at the Main Media Center of the Sochi City Olympic Park, co-chaired by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and Abdelfattah Al-Sissi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the African Union (AU).

Present at the event, the Head of State, Mr. Bensalah, leads a high-level delegation composed of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sabri Boukadoum, the Minister of Finance, Mohamed Loukal and the Minister of Energy, Mohamed Arkab .

Algeria’s high-level participation in the summit demonstrates Algeria’s will to “advance the interests of the African continent, and its own,” Sabri Boukadoum, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in Sochi on Tuesday. .

The plenary sessions of the Summit will provide an opportunity to address several issues of international interest and those of major interest to Russia and African countries, APS learned from the organizers.

During the summit, special attention will be paid to the state of Russian-African relations and their prospects, particularly in terms of developing exchanges in the political, economic, humanitarian, cultural and other fields. Solutions will be proposed for an accelerated and coherent development of all Russian-African cooperation.

An in-depth exchange of views will also take place to coordinate efforts in the fight against terrorism, cross-border crime and other challenges and threats facing regional and global security.

The Summit will be sanctioned by the adoption of a Joint Final Declaration.

Noting that the Algerian delegation, led by the Head of State, participated Wednesday in Sochi at the 1st Russia-Africa Economic Forum.

Bensalah met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday evening as part of the welcoming ceremony for Heads of African State and  Governments taking part in the first Russia-Africa Summit.

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