16 May 2018 17:04

Russian, South African presidents plan to meet at BRICS summit in July - Lavrov

MOSCOW. May 16 (Interfax) - The leaders of Russia and South Africa plan to meet during the BRICS summit in Johannesburg at the end of July, acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"We are really glad to have the opportunity of a meeting with you, which will continue contacts between our countries," Lavrov said at a meeting with South African Deputy President David Mabuza.

"Our presidents talked not so long ago, on March 23. They agreed to continue a course toward the comprehensive development of our relations in all areas. And, of course, we agreed to have a special meeting during the BRICS summit to take place in Johannesburg at the end of July," Lavrov said.

"We value our relations, which trace their origins to the period of the fight against apartheid," he said.

Mabuza thanked Lavrov for the welcome and handed him a message from the South African president addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He did not disclose its contents.