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05.09.2003

On Russian-Mozambican Consultations

1910-04-09-2003

On September 4 in Moscow, in accordance with the Protocol on Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Russia and Mozambique, Russian-Mozambican political consultations took place, attended by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Saltanov and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Frances Rodrigues.

During the exchange of views, which passed in a friendly and constructive atmosphere, topical problems of our time were thoroughly and comprehensively examined, including African topics, as well as the state of, and prospects for bilateral ties.

There was noted the identity of the points of view of Russia and Mozambique on a broad range of issues on the international agenda, among them the reinforcing of the central role of the United Nations and of its Security Council in the maintenance of peace and stability on the planet, the fight against international terrorism and other global challenges of today and the formation of a just and democratic world pattern.

Rodrigues informed the Russian side of Mozambique's activities as the current Chairman of the African Union and of the efforts by Africans in the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) program, directed towards converting the continent into a zone of social, economic and political stability.

Welcoming that approach, the Russian side reiterated its readiness to assist the accomplishment of the goals stated in NEPAD.

Appraising the condition of bilateral ties, the interlocutors stated with satisfaction the growing level of political cooperation. Noting that the state of affairs in the trade and economic field lags behind the level of political ties, the sides reaffirmed the focus on the intensification of a mutually beneficial and equal business partnership and on the further building-up of the whole range of Russian-Mozambican relations, and mapped out certain particular guidelines for carrying out these objectives.

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