“Russia has great respect for the principled position of Senegal and other African states in favor of maintaining stability and security in the world, the formation of a fairer model of international relations and the peaceful settlement of conflicts,” Putin said at a meeting. with his Senegalese colleague Maki Salem, which took place within the framework of the Russia-Africa summit.
He reminded his colleague of the conversation in Sochi in June 2022, where Sahl arrived in his capacity as the chair of the African Union.
“It was then that the idea of holding a second Russia-Africa summit came up, and we talked at the same time that it could be held in St. Petersburg. You supported this idea and please, now we have implemented it. “, continued. Russian leader.
Vladimir Putin drew attention to the fact that last year Senegal ranked first in sub-Saharan Africa in terms of trade with Russia for the second year in a row and reached almost $1.5 billion. “This is a good indicator, a very good trend that should develop,” he added.
Senegal and Russia can do better in trade and other areas, Sahl agreed.
“We have a rich regulatory framework, around 30 agreements,” explained the Senegalese president, “but I think we can achieve more significant success in the commercial sector, as well as in the mining industry, hydrocarbon production, agriculture, fishing, information, science.” .
He also thanked Putin for supporting the African Union’s bid to join the G20. “This is in line with our vision: we need a more inclusive and just world that reflects the realities of the 21st century,” he added.