By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has held a meeting with President of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embaló dubbed President of Guinea-Bissau and Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
His meeting with Zelensky comes a day after meeting Russian President Vladmir Putin.
Welcoming the President of Guinea-Bissau in Kyiv, the Ukrainian Head of State said that the first negotiations at the highest level in the history of bilateral relations took place today.
“It is important that Mr. President became the first leader of an African state to visit Ukraine after February 24 and have the opportunity to hear the truth about the situation in our country – a situation that affects all other states of the world,” Zelenskyy said during communication with media representatives following negotiations with Embaló.
He said that the criminal war unleashed by Russia and the deliberately provoked crises in the food and energy markets and in international relations greatly aggravated the social and political conditions in dozens of countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, where, due to Russian aggression, millions of people found themselves in the worst circumstances in the lives of several generations.
“Therefore, the unity of all conscientious leaders and states of the world is now necessary to overcome the threats to our common security, which arose due to the fault of the Russian Federation,” the President of Ukraine said.
Meanwhile, during yesterday’s Moscow meeting, Putin noted that 400 million people live in ECOWAS states, and their joint GDP stands at $550 billion, adding that their trade volume with Russia is “rather hefty.”
“And, most importantly, the trade volume growth rate is very good. We hope that a significant contribution will be made to the development of relations both with your country and members of the organization, and the entire African continent in general during your presidency in ECOWAS,” Russian President underscored.
Also, Putin hopes to develop and boost trade relations with West Africa which 400 million people as next natural step in the relations. Putin and Embalo discussed Russia’s interaction with ECOWAS, including preparations for the 2nd Russia-Africa summit, due in St. Petersburg next July 2023.