On July 26-27, Geneva hosted Russia-US-UN consultations on Syria. Russia was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.


On July 18, the results of the July 17 presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe were announced in Sao Tome. The candidate of the ruling Independent Democratic Action (ADI) party, former parliament speaker Evaristo Carvalho, won a majority of votes (50.1%). The final results are to be confirmed by the Sao Tomean Constitutional Court on August 30, 2016.

Election observers from the African Union (AU) have reported no major violations that could possibly hinder the expression of the people’s will, and affirmed the transparency of the election process.


On July 17-18, Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva will pay a working visit to the Russian Federation for detailed talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

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