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Russia ready to review Eswatini’s security requests, Lavrov assures

Moscow is ready to review any security requests from Eswatini, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a press conference after talks with the Kingdom of Eswatini’s top diplomat, Thuli Dladla, Tuesday, TASS reports.

"During today’s meeting, we have agreed to step up our security cooperation; we have a valid inter-governmental agreement on military cooperation, and on military-technical cooperation, in addition, there are working groups on military-technical cooperation. We are ready to review requests from our Eswatini friends on any issues that need to be resolved to ensure the security of this country," he said.

Moscow is ready to consider any security request from Eswatini, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a press conference.

Earlier, Lavrov expressed hope that the second Russia-Africa summit would revive relations with countries on the African continent.

Meanwhile, a human rights lawyer and influential opponent in Eswatini was killed on Saturday. He was shot in the house, a few hours after a defiant speech to the king.

Last week, the opposition accused the king of hiring mercenaries, mainly from South Africa, to help security forces quell a growing opposition.

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