Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov Meets with South African Minister of Foreign Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
On November 12, in Moscow, as part of the regular political dialogue and by agreement of the sides, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov had a meeting with South African Minister of Foreign Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
Priority attention was devoted to questions of further development of Russian-South African cooperation and coordination between the two countries on the international scene, and to the major world tendencies in the context of global challenges and threats.
The ministers discussed the problem of settling regional conflicts, including with due consideration for antiterrorist tasks. A substantive exchange of views on the situation in the Middle East and around Iraq and Iran took place. The question was examined of increasing the role of international organizations, primarily the UN in terms of the mobilization of states' efforts in tackling these tasks.
In the course of the talks the problem of ensuring the sustainable development of African countries and eradicating poverty, and the outlook for the New Partnership for Africa's Development Program, NEPAD, were analyzed and Russia's policy in support of NEPAD, as well as its intention to work jointly with the G8 countries and international organizations on its realization was underscored.
The sides exchanged views on a wide range of issues linked to a quest for ways to resolve regional conflicts on the African continent, which is an essential condition of carrying out the plans of economic and social development of African countries.
The ministers also discussed the state of, and ways for intensifying Russian-South African political dialogue and cooperation in the trade-and-economic field, including in the context of the 3rd session of the Mixed Intergovernmental Committee on Trade-and-Economic Cooperation being held in Moscow and outlined the prospects of possible collaboration in the scientific, technological, cultural and other fields.