Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yuri Fedotov Holds Consultations in Angola
Russian-Angolan consultations took place in Luanda on February 25 on topical questions of cooperation between the two countries in the international arena. The state of, and prospects for bilateral political, trade and economic ties also were discussed. On the Russian side Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yuri Fedotov took part in the talks, and on the Angolan, Francisco Romao, Deputy Foreign Minister in charge of cooperation.
In the course of the consultations a mutual disposition to continuation of close coordination in the United Nations and its Security Council, with a view to further strengthening the central role of the Organization in international affairs, including counteraction against new challenges and threats to global security, above all against international terrorism, was reaffirmed and the identity of the sides' views on the questions of advancing the processes of political settlement and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan and of overcoming Arab-Israeli confrontation was noted.
The importance was stressed of the role of the Security Council and the UN as a whole in strengthening the nonproliferation regime for WMD and their delivery vehicles, as well as of preventing them from getting into terrorist hands. It was stated that work in this field should be built on a sound international-legal and collective basis.
An in-depth analysis of conflict situations in Africa, including those in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region, was carried out and ways for their speediest resolution were examined. Highly assessing the peacemaking efforts of the UN, the sides emphasized the need to enhance the role of African countries themselves in the processes of peaceful settlement on the continent.
The state of, and prospects for Russian-Angolan cooperation in various fields of commercial and economic ties also were discussed. There was reaffirmed the agreement to hold in Moscow in the third quarter of this year the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Russian-Angolan Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation and Trade.
The consultations have demonstrated the existence of real possibilities for expanding and deepening the productive cooperation of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Angola within the UN, on the international scene as a whole, and also in a bilateral format.