RIA NOVOSTI INTERVIEWS ALEXANDER YAKOVENKO, OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN FOR THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY, AHEAD OF TANZANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER JAKAY KIKWETE'S VISIT TO RUSSIA
Q: It was reported that Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Jakay Kikwete is visiting Russia between July 16 and 19. Please tell us about the purposes of this trip.
A: Jakay Kikwete, Tanzania's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, is visiting Russia on invitation from Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, which was passed on to him during a ministerial meeting in Dar Es Salaam in December 2001. It is expected to confirm the course we have taken to activate an important part of Russia's foreign policy on the African continent and step up work to ensure Russia's long-term interests in East Africa and on the continent as a whole.
The visit is meant to further our mutual understanding with Tanzania, an influential African country, when it comes to a wide scope of topical modern problems, help expand our interaction on the international scene, and stimulate development of bilateral relations.
Q: What issues dealing with bilateral relations will surface during Igor Ivanov's talks with Jakay Kikwete?
A: The ministers will discuss the state and prospects of Russian-Tanzanian links and the possibilities of their diversification. Special attention will be paid to ways of bringing more of the two countries' potential into mutually advantageous cooperation in trade, economics, culture, tourism, national personnel training, and the strengthening of the contractual and legal basis of bilateral interaction.
Q: What topical international and regional problems will be given special attention during the meeting of foreign ministers of the two countries?
A: While conversing, the foreign ministers of Russia and Tanzania will conduct a thorough analysis of the main tendencies of global development, including that in the light of new threats and challenges. Much attention will be paid to such topical problems as the forming of a democratic world order and coordination of efforts to retaliate against terrorism. Other issues they will bring up during their talks include the strengthening of the central role of the United Nations in its effort to support peace and stability worldwide, the situation involving Iraq, and the progress of Mideastern settlement.
The sides will also discuss the role of the African Union and subregional organizations, including the Community of South African Development, in the effort to strengthen stability and deepen integration processes on the continent.
They will also bring up the set of problems dealing with ways out of the conflicts and crises on the African continent that impede political, economic and social development of African countries.
Further on, they will exchange opinions on ways to ensure steady development of African countries and prospects of realizing the NEPAD (New Partnership for African Development) Program. While discussing results of the G-8 summit in Evian, the Russian side will support the NEPAD and confirm the course our country has taken to actively cooperate with other G-8 countries and international organizations as far as the program is concerned.