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Speech at the ceremony for awarding credential letters, Moscow, Great Kremlin Palace, November 20, 2003

Gentlemen,

I am very happy to welcome you, the representatives of the most diverse nations and regions in the world, as you begin your diplomatic work in our country.

Your mission here, in Russia, is both responsible and very interesting. I expect that both the high authorities you have been given, and your personal efforts, will serve to strengthen bilateral ties and become an important support in coordinating the efforts of our countries and people in fighting contemporary challenges and threats. And we know well what these challenges and threats are.

The recent tragic events in Turkey showed once again: international terrorism is not decreasing its activity. It strikes in virtually every part of the world. Therefore, we can only realistically oppose this threat by creating an effective mechanism of practical coordination.

I would like to repeat once again something that I have said several times before: we need unity in fighting such threats as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, organized crime and drug trafficking. Solving such global problems as hunger, mass epidemic and ecological threats also requires the closest possible cooperation.

Russia's relations with the countries that you represent are based on partnership and the aspiration to develop cooperation.

Traditional ties of friendship connect Russia and Mauritania. At their base of these ties are mutual respect and trust, a desire to strengthen cooperation in international and regional affairs, and the development of bilateral cooperation. I am sure that we will be able to add additional dynamics to Russian-Mauritanian ties in the trade and economic area.

We also have prospects to bring the traditionally friendly ties between Russia and the Republic of Burundi to a higher level. We intend to increase the potential of bilateral interaction, including on the international arena. We support swift regulation of the internal conflict in Burundi, and are prepared to cooperate here with all interested parties.

Gentlemen,

I believe that closer coordination of the positions and actions of our nations, and the growth of mutual trust, is in the common interests of our peoples. By working together, we can make the world safer and more stable.

I wish you success in the start of your official mission in Russia. Here you will always find the necessary support of initiatives that serve to strengthen bilateral and multilateral interaction.

I hope that your time in Moscow will be useful and fruitful, and I have no doubt that it will be interesting.

I wish you all the best. Thank you for your attention.

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