Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has accepted an invitation to attend the first Russian-African meeting which will take place in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in October.
Sudan's Ambassador to Russia, Nadir Babiker, told Russia's Sputnik news site: "Yes, [Al-Bashir] has accepted the invitation and he will come."
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, conveyed President Vladimir Putin's invitation to his Sudanese counterpart.
Putin announced that the first Russian-African summit could take place on 24 October.
The African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Ismail Sharqi also said in February that representatives from the union will participate in the meeting.