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     December 17, 2001

     On the Visit of Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov to Namibia

     2352-14-12-2001

     Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov on November 14 paid an official visit to the Republic of Namibia. During his stay in Windhoek he was received by Namibian President Sam Nujoma, and held talks with Theo-Ben Gurirab, Namibian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting.

     At the meeting with the head of the Namibian state, held in a warm and friendly atmosphere, Ivanov handed Nujoma a personal message from President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin concerning key areas and prospects of Russian-Namibian relations.

     During the conversations that took place on the world politics agenda, including African problems, the sides noted the identity of Russia's and Namibia's stands on topical international problems, including the strengthening of the central role of the UN and its Security Council in the maintenance of peace and stability on the planet, the fight against international terrorism and other global challenges of our times and the shaping of an equitable and democratic world pattern. The sides discussed at length questions of strategic stability, the development of the situation in the Middle East, and in and around Afghanistan, and a number of other problems.

     Close attention was paid to the situation in Africa, including the theme of the settlement and prevention of conflicts on the continent, which are still the main obstacle to the embarking of Africa's countries on the road of sustainable development, of solving the tasks of social and economic revival and of integration into the system of world economic ties. The sides reaffirmed their commitment to politico-diplomatic methods of unblocking crisis situations with the indispensable observation of the standards and rules of peacekeeping, set by the UN.

     The sides' aiming for the further expansion of trade and economic ties was underlined. In this context they considered the possibilities of cooperation in such promising areas as development of mineral and energy resources, fisheries, health care, personnel training and in other fields.

     The thrusts in and organizational questions of cooperation will be the subject of discussion of the appropriate Russian-Namibian Intergovernmental Commission. There has been set the task of bringing up the level of trade and economic ties to the high bar of political interaction existing between Moscow and Windhoek.

     December 14, 2001



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