President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday held extensive discussion in the Kremlin, Moscow.
High on the agenda was the enhancement of bilateral ties as well as pertinent matters of international and regional developments that are of interest to the two countries.
President Putin extended a formal invitation to Afwerki to participate in the Second Russia-Africa Summit that the Russian Federation will host in July this year.
On his part, the Eritrean leader noted the critical role that Russia has embarked upon “in shaping a new, fairer multipolar world order”.
“It is necessary to press for the allocation of the necessary resources that are needed for transition to a new, civilized international order, based on mutual respect, cooperation, mutual complementarity and prosperity, where justice and the rule of law are the highest values.
“We must and are obliged to do this. I hope, and I am convinced, that Russia will play its part in this mission of the whole of humanity on the road towards solidarity and cooperation among free peoples,” the Eritrean leader said.
Afwerki has been the head of state since 1993. He is the first and so far only president of Eritrea, which gained independence from Ethiopia in May of that year.