Zimbabwe and Russia seek to deepen bilateral ties

Zimbabwe, Russia Seek to Deepen Bilateral Ties

Visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday met Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa to discuss ways of boosting bilateral ties between the two countries.

During the visit, the two countries signed three cooperation agreements on industry and trade, modernization of Zimbabwe agriculture and establishment of a Russian industrial zone in the southern African country.

Russia’s deputy minister of trade and industry Georgy Kalamanov signed the three agreements on behalf of Russia while Zimbabwe’s ministers of industry and agriculture signed the agreements.

Addressing a joint press conference after the meeting, Lavrov said he was on a five-nation tour of Africa to cement ties between Russia and Africa.

Lavrov has been to Namibia, Angola and Mozambique and is expected in Ethiopia Friday for talks with that country’s leadership and AU officials.

“We have joint cooperation with our African counterparts and we want to elevate our trade, economic and investment ties to a level which corresponds with the level of our political interaction,” said Lavrov.


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