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RUSSIAN, ETHIOPIAN FOREIGN MINISTERS TO DISCUSS AFRICA'S STABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ALLEVIATION OF ITS DEBT BURDEN

MOSCOW, January 13 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ethiopian counterpart Seyoum Mesfin are to discuss during the talks in Moscow on Thursday the issues of stable development of African countries and easing their debt burden. The two foreign ministers are also to consider the prospects of implementing the program New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD).

"The Russian side is going to reaffirm its principled support for NEPAD and the line towards proactive cooperation with other G8 member states and international organizations in working out a program implementation mechanism," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said.

The two foreign ministers are also to discuss the status and ways to intensify bilateral relations, including those in the political, trade, economic and other spheres.

"The visit shall facilitate the deepening of cooperation with Ethiopia, which enjoys a high credibility both in Africa and the Non-aligned Movement, on key international problems will contribute to strengthening the bilateral relations," Yakovenko noted.

The developments in the world in light of new challenges and global threats are going to be paid attention to as well.

"Priority will be given to such pressing issues as the fight against terrorism, establishment of a new international security and cooperation system and a UN reform," the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Special attention will be paid to settling the conflicts in Africa, particularly, in the Horn of Africa. The two sides will also share their views of the situation in the Middle East and Iraq.

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