President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, friends,
It is a pleasure to see you again.
President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall (retranslated): Thank you very much; I am honoured to be in the Kremlin today.
Vladimir Putin: I am also pleased to see you, and I want to congratulate you on your national team's victory yesterday. The Polish team is made up of talented players and is a strong team. And everyone still has good chances of making the playoffs.
With regard to our bilateral relations, I would like to note the significant growth in trade. It tripled last year, and is already up 100 percent, I think, since the beginning of 2018.
We enjoy good cooperation in international organisations and have good prospects in a number of areas of interaction, such as infrastructure, industrial cooperation and fisheries.
We are very pleased to see you.
Macky Sall: Thank you very much, Mr President.
First of all, I would like to say that it is a great honour for me as the first President of Senegal to come to the Kremlin on such a visit. I also want to thank you for the excellent organisation of the championship. Also, congratulations on your recent re-election.
I visited St Petersburg during the G20 summit. It is a very beautiful city.
Speaking about our cooperation, I am very pleased that we are witnessing some degree of recovery and new momentum in our relations. I hope that with your support and help, we will be able to improve our trade and investment cooperation.
Senegal is at a crossroads. We are open to new partnerships. In addition to our traditional partners, such as France and the United States, we are interested in cooperating with China, Turkey and, of course, Russia.
We believe that Russia holds a very important place in our cooperation. I think we should expand the scope of our cooperation.
The Foreign Minister of Senegal once visited Moscow. I know that, among other things, fisheries and cooperation in the field of hydrocarbon production were discussed, since we have large reserves of oil and gas. We would like Russia to help us evaluate our resources and, in general, master the technology for developing our fields.