Russian, South African leaders to discuss anti-piracy efforts
South African President Jacob Zuma will meet with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday to discuss among other things African development and anti-piracy efforts, a Kremlin source told RIA Novosti.
"At the forthcoming talks the heads of states will consider other possible directions to activate bilateral political dialog," the source said.
He said that issues of sustainable social and economic development and conflict settlement on the African continent will be among the top issues on the agenda. Russia's efforts as a member of the international anti-piracy mission off the horn of Africa will also be discussed.
"The talks will, undoubtedly, focus on boosting practical cooperation in the trade and economic sphere... Among the priorities are energy, including nuclear power, space projects, as well as military-technical and scientific ties," the source said.
The two leaders will also address global issues, such as the Untied Nations reform, the aftermath of the financial crisis and the climate change.
South Africa has become Russia's key political and trade partner on the African continent since the two states established diplomatic ties on February 28, 1992.
A number of Russian companies now operate in the country, including Renova Group (manganese ore prospection and mining), Norilsk Nickel (nickel production) and Evraz Group (vanadium and steel production).
South African companies on the Russian market are SABMiller brewery, Bateman Engineering and Standard Bank.