Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed on Wednesday cooperation between Russia and African countries during an online meeting between a number of African foreign ministers and their Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.
The meeting, which involved the African Union’s troika countries, tackled the outcomes of the first Africa-Russia summit held in the Russian city of Sochi in October 2019, which the minister said serves as the cornerstone of cooperation between the two sides.
The AU's troika comprises the outgoing, current, and incoming AU chairs: Egypt, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Shoukry, who represented Egypt in the talks, called for laying out a detailed plan for cooperation between the AU and Russia, including the major programs and projects that would serve priorities in the African continent under Agenda 2063 for African development.
He also underlined the importance of taking into account the adverse economic and social impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Egyptian minister expressed Egypt's full support of African-Russian cooperation and called for working on the preparation of the second African-Russian summit slated for 2022, the ministry added.
During the meeting, Lavrov said that the next Africa-Russia summit will be held in Africa, according to Egypt's state news agency MENA.
He noted that the meeting on Wednesday touched upon security issues in the energy field, saying, "We discussed the energy needs in African countries, which are rapidly growing in tandem with the development rate on the continent."
“The meeting also discussed the possibility of strengthening the energy security situation in Africa via cooperation with Russia in the fields of hydrocarbons and nuclear energy.”