Panafrican News Agency

South Africa: Ramaphosa holds further talks with Putin

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Office of the Presidency on Friday confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin this week.

This is the second time the two leaders have spoken over the past three months.

They discussed the possible delivery of Russian agricultural products and fertilisers to Africa.

Ramaphosa's spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said the conversation took place in the context of the upcoming BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit which will be hosted virtually by China next month.

In a statement, the Kremlin said the conversation centred around issues of food security, including supplies of Russian agricultural products and fertilisers to the African continent.

"The importance of joint work within the framework of the BRICS group in order to further strengthen the role of this association in world politics and the economy was noted," the statement read.

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