Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi extended invitation to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and African leaders to attend the Aswan Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development scheduled for December.
Speaking at the opening session of the first Russia-Africa Economic Forum in Sochi, Sisi said that the African continent opens its doors to work with all partners.
He added that Russia is one of the most partners in Africa, adding that the mutual cooperation between them witnessed huge boom since the middle of last century.
He pointed out that Russia showed complete solidarity with many African countries in their struggle against colonialism, in addition to providing them with material, logistical and moral aid.
El-Sisi explained that the Aswan Forum will be open to all people who have intellectual and scientific ideas, pointing out that it will also largely reflect the African continent and its cultures.
On his part, the Russian president welcomed El Sisi’s invitation, describing it as a good idea.
He also expressed his support for the Egyptian initiative to support fostering development in the African continent.
1st African-Russian summit
The first African-Russian summit kicked off, Wednesday in Sochi, Russia under the slogan of “Russia and Africa: Uncovering the Potential for Cooperation”.
The three-day summit is co-chaired by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
This is the first event of this level in the history of Russian-African relations.
The summit is attended by around 43 African leaders, and a number of major African regional organizations including; “African Union”, “East African Community”, “Economic Community of Central African states”, and “Arab Maghreb Union”.
On the 1st day, Egypt’s president held a series of meetings with African leaders including South Sudanese president Salva Kiir, Chadian President Idriss Deby and Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission Mr. Moussa Fakih.