President Geingob to participate in first Russia-Africa Summit

President Geingob to participate in first Russia-Africa Summit
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Namibian Presidency

President Hage Geingob will participate in the First Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi and the 18th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement in Baku, Azerbaijan.
President Hage Geingob left on Tuesday to participate in the first session of the Russia-Africa Summit scheduled to take place on 24 October in Sochi, Russia.
Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will co-chaired the summit expected to attract participation from over 35 heads of state and government, including presidents Cyril Ramaphosa (RSA), João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço (Angola) and Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe) from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and will be preceded by the Russia-Africa Economic Forum taking place on 23 October.
The summit, which seeks to progressively develop comprehensive cooperation between the Russian Federation, African countries and leading organisations in Africa, is expected to adopt a declaration building on the friendly ties that exist between the Russian Federation and African countries, reaffirming a collective commitment to the fundamental principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the norms of international law and the need for strict compliance to those principles by all states.
The parties also seek to express strong determination to the strengthening of peace and security and to the building of a just and equitable system of international relations.
The summit offers an opportunity for the Russian Federation and African countries to share and support the goals and objectives of the African Union member states enshrined in Agenda 2063, as well as the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015.
At the end of the summit, the parties are expected to sign a Declaration of the First Russia-Africa Summit, establishing a Russia-Africa Partnership Forum. The forum aims to strengthen cooperation and collaboration in the political, security, economic, legal, technical, humanitarian and information communication technology fields between Russia and Africa.
Diplomatic relations between Namibia and Russia were established in 1990 and continues to improve as the two continue to deepen areas of cooperation.