Russia pledges support to Namibia over drought

24 May 2019 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 MAY (NAMPA) – A delegation of Russian officials led by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev paid a courtesy visit to President Hage Geingob on Thursday, where issues pertaining to trade, economy as well as the environment were discussed.
During the visit that took place at State House, the Head of State seized the opportunity to express his concern over the severe drought issue the country is currently experiencing.
“As you know we declared our drought situation, a severe drought has hit us and Namibia is also an example of climate change,” Geingob noted.
Responding to that, Trutnev said Russia is ready to assist Namibia with the necessary humanitarian aid in its period of drought.
“We are ready to provide Namibia with humanitarian aid due to the drought. In this respect, I would ask you to charge your government with preparing an official request to our government so we will have an official foundation for providing such help,” he said.
Turtnev also identified the agricultural sector as an area of great dynamics that could further enhance the cooperation between Namibia and Russia.
“Today we have discussed in great details all directions of our cooperation and the greatest dynamic we see is in the agricultural sector,” he said.
Trutnev is scheduled to return to Russia on Sunday after attending the eighth meeting of the Namibia-Russia inter-governmental commission during the week which aimed to review bilateral cooperation between the two countries.