Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Sierra Leone Alie Kabba

PRESS RELEASE

On January 29, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Sierra Leone Alie Kabba, a representative of the country that presides in the African Union Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government (C-10) to advocate and canvass the African Common Position on the UN Security Council reform. Mr Kabba is currently paying a working visit to Moscow.

They discussed topical matters related to invigorating political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation between Russia and Sierra Leone in a constructive atmosphere. Mr Lavrov and Mr Kabba reviewed prospects for expanding bilateral business contacts as well as implementing new joint projects in the mining industry, fisheries and the fuel and energy sector.

The ministers conducted a detailed conversation on key items of the global and general African agenda and focused on efforts to maintain peace and stability in Africa and resolve regional conflicts, including those in Libya, Mali, the Sahara-Sahel region, the Central African Republic, as well as on the UN Security Council reform and the fight against international terrorism. They underscored the priority of political and diplomatic methods for resolving crises, given the leading role of the Africans themselves and support from the international community. They agreed to more closely coordinate their actions at the UN and other multilateral venues.