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Russia's President visits Africa

Mr Medvedev is due to sign a nuclear energy deal in Egypt, which is Russia's top trading partner in the continent.He will later visit Nigeria, Namibia and Angola, where he will seek to promote Russian business interests, particularly in the energy sector.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has met his Egyptian counterpart, Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo at the start of a four-day trip to Africa.The BBC's Christian Fraser, in Cairo, said: "Today, in terms of influence, Russia lags far behind China and the US - not just in Egypt but right across the African continent, where it once had considerable influence."As the battle for the world's energy and mineral resources gathers pace, that weakness is one that Mr Medvedev will be keen to address."The countries he is visiting are rich in natural resources.Russia's economic and trade ties, as well as the Middle East peace process, were expected to be high on the agenda in talks between Mr Medvedev and Mr Mubarak.

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