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     30.05.2002

     Unofficial translation from Russian

On Russian-British Consultations on African Problems

    Russian-British consultations on African problems took place in Moscow on May 29 at the level of heads of departments of the foreign affairs agencies. The delegation led by Mark Lyall Grant, Director for Africa at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, was received by Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Saltanov.

    The focus of the thorough exchange of views that took place was a discussion of the general situation in Africa, questions related to conflict settlement and the integration processes on the continent, assistance in the region's sustainable development, and cooperation between Russia and the UK in African affairs. A similarity of the appraisals and approaches by our countries on many of the issues discussed was identified, and a positive assessment was given to their joint work on the African track within the framework of the UN Security Council, G8 and other international forums. Mutual desire was reconfirmed for the deepening of cooperation in this area, especially taking into account the attention that is planned to be devoted to Africa's problems at the upcoming G8 summit in Kananaskis.

    Both sides expressed interest in continuing regular consultations on Africa, and agreed to hold their next round in London.



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