Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Mali with a visit to hold talks on Tuesday with interim president for a transitional period Assimi Goyta and Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
The sides are expected to discuss bilateral cooperation in addition to major issues on the international and regional agenda.
Upon his arrival, Lavrov spoke briefly with Mali's foreign minister.
This is the first time that the Russian Foreign Minister has visited Mali. Diop, in turn, came to Moscow for talks in 2021 and 2022.
After Mali, Lavrov will travel to Mauritania and Sudan.
While in Mali, Lavrov will discuss regional and international issues, including the situation around Ukraine, during his visit to Mali, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Lavrov, while in Mali, will discuss regional and international issues, including the situation around Ukraine, during his visit to Mali.
In addition, during the visit, Lavrov will discuss the practical aspects of the upcoming supplies of Russian wheat, fertilizers, and oil products to Mali.
Relations between Russia and African countries have been actively developing in recent years. In 2019, Russia hosted the first-ever Russia-Africa summit, where participants identified priority areas for economic cooperation, security, culture, and science.
The second summit of this format is scheduled to be held in St. Petersburg from July 26-29, 2023.