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President Mnangagwa held a closed door meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on Friday during which the leader of the Eastern European country expressed hope that the President will convincingly win elections tomorrow.
In an interview yesterday, the head of the Europe and Americas Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Chitsaka Chipaziwa said the meeting — the President’s first with the Russian leader — was held in a friendly mood.
“President Mnangagwa congratulated President Putin for convincingly winning elections in his country earlier this year and President Putin wished our President well in the elections on Monday. He (President Putin) also expressed hope that the two leaders will continue working together well into the future,” said Ambassador Chipaziwa.
President Mnangagwa was among several African heads of state and government who were invited to the BRICS Africa Outreach Dialogue that was held on the last day of the BRICS Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
The summit ran from Wednesday to Friday and was attended by leaders of all the five BRICS member states — presidents Putin, Xi Jinping (China), Michel Temer (Brazil), Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa) and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speaking at the forum, President Mnangagwa said all was in place for a free, fair, transparent and credible election tomorrow.
President Putin won elections by more than 75 percent in March to secure a second term. He was among the first world leaders to congratulate President Mnangagwa after his inauguration in November last year.
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