OREANDA-NEWS. Vladimir Putin made a working visit to South Africa at the invitation of President Jacob Zuma.

The two leaders had a meeting within the framework of Mr Putin’s visit. Later, the talks continued in expanded format with participation of the two nations’ delegations.

Following the talks, Vladimir Putin and Jacob Zuma signed a Joint Declaration on full-fledged strategic partnership between Russia and South Africa. A package of bilateral documents on cooperation in various fields was signed in the presence of the two presidents.

Intergovernmental agreements on cooperating in the energy sector, on flight safety, and mutual recognition of educational documents and academic degrees, as well as a Cooperation Programme between the governments of Russia and South Africa for joint cultural projects for 2013–2016, were signed.

Also, the two parties signed documents on cooperation with respect to platinum group metals, astrophysics research, fishing, ferroalloy production and solar energy.

Following the Russian-South African talks, Vladimir Putin and Jacob Zuma made a press statement.