"We are working on the preparation of the Global Peace Summit": Zelenskyy holds talks with Zambian President
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held talks with President Hakainda Hichilema of Zambia. The parties discussed, in particular, the implementation of the Ukrainian Formula for Peace.
The phone call took place on Friday, 11 August. This was reported by the Office of the President.
Zelenskyy invited Zambia to join the next meeting at the level of diplomatic advisers on the implementation of the Peace Formula, as well as to prepare for the Global Peace Summit.
"The Peace Formula is more relevant than ever. This is the only way to a just peace and stability in the world that can be taken as a basis. And we are actively working with partners to prepare the Global Peace Summit," he said.
The parties also discussed the need to continue the Black Sea Grain Initiative. They agreed on the inadmissibility of using food as a weapon.
"Together, we must put an end to Russian attempts to use food as a weapon, as well as to Russian blackmail of the world with hunger and high food prices," Zelenskyy said.
In addition, the heads of state discussed the holding of the Ukraine-Africa summit. They also discussed cooperation in the context of other upcoming international events.
In addition, the President of Ukraine thanked his colleague for visiting Kyiv and Bucha in June 2023 together with other African leaders.
As a reminder, a two-day summit with African countries took place in St Petersburg, Russia. Despite Moscow's efforts, most African leaders ignored the summit. Only 17 out of 55 heads of state came to see Putin.
The main topic discussed during the event by representatives of the African continent was the issue of grain supplies. In particular, they called on Russia to return to the grain deal. In return, Putin promised to send 25-50 thousand tonnes of grain to six African countries that had previously supported Russia's position at the UN free of charge.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Putin's "free grain" for several African countries "a handful of donations" that will not be able to fully eliminate the serious consequences of the termination of the "grain deal". Such a decision by the Russian Federation would lead to a large-scale price increase in many countries.
The US also reacted to Putin's statement about "free grain" for Africa. The State Department said that these statements by the Russian dictator would not save the situation.
German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze said that the Russia-Africa summit was nothing more than a PR show by Putin.