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     Russian-Mozambican Political Consultations

     June 21, 2001

     On June 20, in Moscow, Russian-Mozambican political consultations were held, with Acting Director of the Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs A. M. Makarenko on the Russian side and Director of the Europe Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Femanda Lichale on the Mozambican side in attendance.

     Femanda Lichale had a brief meeting with State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasily Sredin.

     During the talks, an in-depth exchange of opinions was held on both topical questions of bilateral relations and African and international problems.

     The sides stated the similarity or identity of their approaches to key issues of world politics, paying special attention to general African problems, as well as to consideration of the situation in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other "hot spots" of the continent.

     The representatives of Russia and Mozambique reaffirmed their conviction that it was necessary to use above all the political methods of resolving existing and preventing new conflicts. They stressed the importance of strengthening the leading role of the UN Security Council in carrying out operations in Africa and of ensuring the close coordination of the efforts of all concerned states, sub-regional organizations and the OAU with the United Nations.

     Both sides expressed satisfaction with the positive dynamics of political contacts between Russia and Mozambique, and their striving for the further building-up of the whole range of bilateral relations. Ways of implementing the agreements reached on specific issues of bilateral relations also were discussed.

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