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     21.10.2002

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov Holds Talks with Leonardo Simao, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique

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     Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov on October 18 held talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique, Leonardo Simao, in Russia on an official visit.

     A broad range of pressing international themes and of questions pertaining to Russian-Mozambican relations was discussed. The sides affirmed the similarity of their positions on key problems of our time, including the formation of a democratic system of international relations, the fight against international terrorism, and the assertion of the central role of the UN and its Security Council in strengthening global peace and stability. Leonardo Simao expressed strong support for Russia's efforts in favor of the early unblocking of the situation in the Middle East and around Iraq by political methods.

     Great attention was paid to the state of affairs in Africa, specifically problems in the assurance of the sustainable development of the countries of the continent, including in the context of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) program, which the Africa Action Plan, adopted at the last G8 summit in Kananaskis, aims to facilitate. Ivanov stressed that Russia, which is a co-author of this Plan, is prepared to take part in the implementation of such important components of it as helping to strengthen peace and stability in Africa, cooperation in providing African states with water and energy resources, and the training of personnel for their education and health systems.

     A thorough conversation on conflict situations in the continent, which are a continuing serious obstacle to the solution of the tasks of economic and social development of Africa and its full-fledged participation in global economic ties, took place. Considerable attention was paid to the role of the African Union and sub-regional organizations, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the promotion of stability in the continent. The sides declared their firm commitment to political methods of resolving the crises with mandatory observance of the generally recognized principles and criteria of peacemaking, and stressed the necessity of elaborating effective measures to prevent explosive situations.

     The Ministers spoke in favor of building on the Russian-Mozambican dialogue, enhancing cooperation on the international scene and more fully unfolding the potential of bilateral ties, especially in the economic, commercial, scientific, technological and other fields. They agreed to work out a specific program of measures to invigorate collaboration between Russia and Mozambique with the enlistment of the business circles of the two countries.

     A positive response from the Russian side was evoked by Simao's proposal to establish a mechanism for cooperation between Russia and the SADC countries.

     Igor Ivanov and Leonardo Simao signed a Protocol on Cooperation Between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique.

     October 18, 2002

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