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PRESS RELEASE

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov Holds Talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Guinea Francois Lonseny Fall

1904-03-09-2003

On September 3 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Guinea Francois Lonseny Fall, on a working visit to Moscow.

During the conversation, Ivanov and Fall discussed in detail the state of, and prospects for bilateral cooperation, to which the official visit to Moscow in July 2001 of President of Guinea Lansana Conte imparted a substantial impetus.

The exchange of views that took place has borne out the identity or similarity of the approaches of Russian and Guinean diplomacy on such issues of our time as ensuring the supremacy of international law, strengthening the central United Nations role in questions of peace and security, combating terrorism and settling regional conflicts, including those in Africa. There was noted the constructive character of cooperation between the sides in the format of the United Nations, where Guinea is currently a nonpermanent member of the Security Council, and within other international organizations. Possible ways for resolving the Iraq problem, as well as overcoming the crisis in the Middle East were thoroughly discussed from this vantage point.

In examining problems in bilateral relations Ivanov and Fall reiterated a mutual striving for their onward development. The importance was underscored of reinforcing the juridical base and stepping up the work of the Intergovernmental Russian-Guinean Commission on Economic, Scientific-Technical and Trade Cooperation, and an interest was expressed in the expansion of ties in the areas of bauxite mining, geological prospecting, fisheries, personnel training and in other fields.

September 3, 2003

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