Abiy, Putin Hold talks in St Petersburg ahead Russia-Africa Summit

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has arrived in Russia’s St. Petersburg ahead of the second Russia-Africa Summit.

Upon arrival, the Prime Minister laid flowers at the ‘Monument to heroic defenders of Leningrad’ honoring the fallen Russians during the Second World War.

Later, Abiy was warmly received by President Vladimir Putin at the Konstantinovsky Palace during which a bilateral meeting was held between the two sides.

“My gratitude to President Vladimir Putin for the warm reception and candid discussions,” the PM said in a tweet.

“With our historical ties as a basis, Ethiopia and Russia will continue enhancing bilateral relations and economic cooperation.”

His office earlier said the leaders acknowledged the longstanding and historic relations between the two countries during their discussions.

Both also expressed commitment to enhance trade ties, collaborate in the field of agriculture and manufacturing industries, it says.

Abiy last met with President Putin during the first Russia-Africa summit in Sochi in 2019.

The second Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum are scheduled to be held in St. Petersburg on July 27-28 under the motto “For Peace, Security and Development”.

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