Russia and Sierra Leone agree to resume the work of the energy group this year – Lavrov

Russia and Sierra Leone have agreed to resume the work of the joint energy group as soon as the epidemiological situation allows, preferably this year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday after a meeting with his counterpart from Sierra Leone, David Francis.

The group was formed after the visit of Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio to the first Russia-Africa Summit in October 2019 in the Russian city of Sochi.

“We have agreed to resume the work of the energy group as soon as the coronavirus situation allows … It has already held its first meeting. This year we hope to prepare a second meeting, ”Lavrov said at a joint press conference.

The two countries are trying to bring their trade, economic and investment cooperation to the level of their political dialogue, added the minister. In this regard, they will continue talks in order to ensure favorable conditions for Russian companies to work in the West African country.

In addition, Moscow will continue to assist Sierra Leone in addressing humanitarian issues, including food supplies through the United Nations World Food Program, Lavrov said, adding that another ship from the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry will deliver a cargo of food to the Freetown port in the coming days.

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