President Putin with heads of African delegations. 28 July 2023, Saint-Petersburg.
Photo: Pavel Bednyakov, RIA Novosti
On 28 July 2023, in Saint-Petersburg, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the Leaders of the seven countries leading the African Peace Initiative continued their discussion on the African Peace Initiative, which they started on June 17, 2023.
African Leaders attending the meeting on 28 July 2023 were President Azali Assoumani of the Union of the Comoros in his capacity as Chair of the African Union; President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa; President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of the Congo; President Abdel Fattah-el Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt; President Масkу Sall of the Republic of Senegal; President Yoweri Museveni of the Republic of Uganda and the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Zambia, Stanley Kakubo.
The Leaders recognised progress achieved since then on proposals they discussed at the first meeting on 17 June 2023 on humanitarian issues, in particular, related to the rights of children in areas of armed activities and prisoner exchanges between Russia and Ukraine, and agreed that humanitarian efforts would continue to bring further results.
The Leaders called for specific steps to remove obstacles to Russian grain and fertilizer exports, thus allowing the resumption of the full implementation of the Black Sea package initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General as endorsed on 22 July 2022 in Istanbul.
The Leaders also called upon the United Nations to take necessary action in order to release 200 thousand tons of Russian fertilizer blocked in European Union seaports for immediate and free delivery to African countries.
The Leaders agreed to continue their dialogue on the African Peace Initiative so that a door to peace can be opened.
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