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Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov Meets with South African Minister of Foreign Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma


A meeting took place in Moscow on October 6 between Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Africa Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Noting the high level of political engagement between Russia and South Africa, the interlocutors affirmed their mutual intention to deepen reciprocally advantageous Russian-South African cooperation and develop trade and economic ties comprehensively.

In the course of the conversation the ministers discussed issues relating to the reformation of the United Nations, which, the sides emphasized, must encompass all major aspects of the activity of the Organization and be dealt with on the basis of the broadest consensus, and even better - the consensus of member states. Mutual satisfaction was expressed that the decisions of Summit 2005 reflect the continuity of the goals and objectives of the Millennium Declaration in the interconnected fields of security and development.

Touching on African problems, Lavrov and Dlamini-Zuma spoke for the need to accelerate economic and social development on the continent and in favor of a political settlement of conflicts in Africa through coordinated international efforts.

October 6, 2005

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