President Emmerson Mnangagwa meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (second from left right) with Vice President Constantino Chiwenga in attendance
The visiting Russian Foreign Minister Mr Sergey Lavrov is meeting with President Emmerson Mnangagwa at Munhumutapa offices in Harare today.
The veteran Russian politician is in Africa at the same time as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes his maiden visit to the continent.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made a stopover in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Wednesday during a week-long Africa tour which also includes visits to Angola, Namibia, Mozambique and Ethiopia.
It is the first time Lavrov has visited Harare since President Emmerson Mnangagwa took power following long-time ruler Robert Mugabe’s resignation in November.
Speaking to reporters in Angola’s capital Luanda on Monday, Lavrov emphasized the role of international support on the continent, while also acknowledging the need for African solutions:
“We insist that African problems need African solutions, and the international community should respect the Africans’ choice of resolving a conflict, and support them morally, politically and financially in training staff for peacekeeping operations, which Russia has been actively doing,” he said.
Also in attendance at the meeting are Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga, Ministers Winston Chitando, Chris Mushohwe, Mike Bimha, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri, Special Advisor to the President Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa, senior government officials and the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Mikail Bogdanov.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo is part of the meeting.
The two sides are expected to sign some agreements which include in agriculture and in the area of industry and trade.
They are meeting behind closed doors.
More details to follow…