Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Saltanov Meets with a Group of Angolan Journalists
On November 13 Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Saltanov received for a talk a group of Angolan journalists who had arrived in Moscow for coverage of the events organized by the Embassy of Angola on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the country's independence.
In his opening remarks Saltanov congratulated the guests and in their person the Angolan people on the national holiday. He stressed that relations between Russia and Angola, at the base of which lie mutual respect, trust and a commitment to the ideals of peace and democracy, are an example of the relationship of close friends and reliable partners.
Over the past decades, the Deputy Minister noted, a solid experience of cooperation has been accumulated. The results of the visit to Luanda of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov at the end of 2001 have clearly borne out the focus of Russia on the comprehensive building-up of the extent of political, trade and economic ties with Angola. People in Russia look with optimism to their development prospects, especially considering the fact that the Angolan people have successfully overcome the long-standing internal conflict and taken the path of economic and social revival. We are ready for joint steps directed towards the formation of a democratic world pattern, the fight against international terrorism, the sustainable development of the countries of the African continent, and the removal of conflict situations both in Africa and in other parts of the world. Russia is interested in a continual exchange of views with Angola on these problems. Of particular importance is the regular holding of inter-MFA consultations, the next round of which is scheduled for mid-November in Luanda.
We are pleased, Saltanov said, with the level of economic cooperation between our countries. This involves, above all, joint work in diamond mining and power energy development. Undoubtedly, far from all the possibilities have been tapped. There are considerable reserves in such areas of cooperation as fisheries, agriculture and education. The new realities that have appeared with the onset of peace in Angola create favorable prerequisites for imparting a significant impulse to the entire range of Russian-Angolan relations. This explains our mutual striving, without delay, to hold the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation and Trade, which is called upon to become an effective mechanism for strengthening and advancing the Russian-Angolan collaborative relationship across the board.
Saltanov answered numerous questions from Angolan journalists.
November 14, 2003