Malawi President Mutharika gets ‘bread and salt’ on arrival in Sochi for Russia-Africa summit

Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Monday arrived at  Sochi Airport in the city of Sochi, Krasnodar Territory, Russia to attend the first ever  three-day Russia-Africa Summit holding from October 23 to October 25.

Minister of Trade Salim Bagus welcoming President Mutharika  in Sochi
President Mutharika being welcomed by the Deputy Major of Soche District.
Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika is welcomed with the traditional bread and salt by young people in traditional Cossack costume during the arrival ceremony at the Sochi Airport in the city of Sochi, Krasnodar Territory, Russia
Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika (2nd L) during the arrival ceremony at the Sochi Airport in the city of Sochi, Krasnodar Territory, Russia

Mutharika left Malawi through Kamuzu International Airport for  Russia in the morning hours of Monday, October 21 2019 for the summit  whose  purpose is to expand Russian-African cooperation in a number of areas — including political, economic, technical and cultural.

At the end of the meeting to be chaired by Russian powerful President Vladimir Putin, the participants are expected to adopt a political declaration on the key areas of Russian-African cooperation.

Putin will co-chair the summit with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Over 40 African Heads of States and over 5000 delegates from the African Business communities, Diaspora organizations, as well as Russian business entities and Investors are expected to attend the conference.

Upon arrival,  President Mutharika was welcomed by Deputy Mayor of Sochi, Malawian Ambassador in Russia Michael Kamphambe Nkhoma, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International relations Francis Kasaila and Malawians living in Russia.

According to Presidential spokeman Mgeme Kalilani, at the airport, Mutharika  participated in the “bread and salt”  cultural ceremony.  In Russia , bread  is associated with hospitality –being the most respected food, whereas salt, is associated with long friendship.

Meanwhile,  Putin has given the clearest idea yet of his pitch to African countries, warning of rising competition over Africa. Turning the tables on the West, he accused it of intimidating African countries to exploit the continent’s resources.

“We see how an array of Western countries are resorting to pressure, intimidation and blackmail of sovereign African governments,” Putin told the TASS news agency.

Putin has said Moscow could offer help without strings attached unlike what he cast as the exploitative West.

On October 23, the leaders of Russia and Egypt will also open an economic forum that will be attended by Russian and African officials and representatives of major businesses, aiming to strengthen business cooperation and to sign new contracts.

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Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Who said nuclear was on the agenda?

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Welcomed by DEPUTY MAYOR, not even the mayor, kikikikiiiiiiii. Kunakakhala June, were the whole president and ENTIRE government would have been there.
Nde nanunso a nyasatimes, mpakana the POWERFUL. Osangoti Russian president bwanji.

mpilu
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mpilu

pemphaniko ndege mdhara iwe.madando aku mw

Mtete
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First time in a long time have I seen APM smiling; Kwa eni aketu.

Chief Justice Chilungamo
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Chief Justice Chilungamo

Mr President you have my support. It is time to acquire nuclear weapons. Kayerekera will empower us to face USA and other Western oppressive powers. Viva Putan and Mutharika.

Osayamika
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Osayamika

That bread represent chi Banzi cha Jane Ansah

Jane Madando 147
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Jane Madando 147

Help without strings is help without principles. It’s what african presidents need kuti Ngakhale asolole zonse, no accountability. This way we can not heal our continent.

mpilu
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mpilu

musaese zakunozi kucita kutenga holiday poti kwabwera MP waku dziko l8no.
people who onow and follow and read whats happening in the world would understand why pitala had such gesture. mw a piece of shit like it is with the rotten politics. albeit people wont even dare and waste time ask where mw is.
Russia is no game. munena za amai nda abambo za masanje zili kunozi!!!!!
do as romans do

mpilu
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mpilu

bcoz ndi presdent nde asokoneze plogla ya eni? he is nothing there than eni dziko.

MalemaJulius
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MalemaJulius

kkkkkk Salim moniyo ngati waona mpulumutsi