Africa: President Off to Attend Maiden Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi

23 October 2019

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Accra yesterday to attend the maiden Russia-Africa Summit, being held in Sochi, Russia.

The summit is being held to deepen the ties of friendship between the two sides, as well as explore other areas of co-operation to their mutual benefit.

A statement issued and signed by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Jubilee House, said whilst in Russia, President Akufo-Addo is expected to hold bilateral meetings with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, deliver a statement on the floor of the summit on the theme "For Peace, Security and Development," and hold meetings with chief executive officers (CEOs) of some important Russian enterprises.

The President will leave Russia on Thursday, October 24, 2019, to attend the 18th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Conference, being held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

NAM is a forum of 120 developing world states that are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. After the United Nations, it is the largest grouping of states worldwide.

The President was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, MP; the Minister for Energy, Mr John Peter Amewu; and officials of the Presidency and Foreign Ministry.

The President is expected back in the country on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

In his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.

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