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Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov Meets with Angola's Ambassador to Moscow Roberto Monteiro
On May 23 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Saltanov received the Ambassador of the Republic of Angola to Moscow Roberto Monteira, who handed over a message from President of the Republic of Angola Jose Eduardo dos Santos to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
In the course of their conversation the sides focused on the development of the process of Angolan settlement following the recent ceasefire in the country. The ambassador outlined progress in the implementation of the April 4, 2002 Memorandum of Understanding between the Angolan Government and the command of the UNITA armed opposition grouping and noted tangible success in that area.
Alexander Saltanov stressed the readiness of Russia as a member of the UN Security Council and the Troika of observer countries monitoring Angolan settlement to continue to promote in every way the achievement of national accord in Angola and expressed the hope that the authorities of that country would make additional efforts to clarify the fate of the Russian pilots who had gone missing in Angola in 1998-2000.
The sides also discussed some aspects of Russian-Angolan relations and noted the importance of the early convocation of the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Russian-Angolan Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation and Trade. The sides' intention to continue to build up mutually beneficial ties was reaffirmed.
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