On Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yuri Fedotov's Consultations in Republic of South Africa
Russian-South African political consultations were held on March 1-2. Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs Yuri Fedotov on the Russian side and Aziz Pahad, on the African, took part in them.
In the course of the constructive talks the sides reaffirmed a mutual disposition to continue to cooperate closely in the UN in order to strengthen further its central role in international affairs, including countering dangerous challenges, as well as terrorism and other threats to global security.
Mutual resolve was underscored to help implement the positive outcomes of the 58th session of the UN General Assembly. From a common standpoint, questions related to advancing the processes of political settlement and reconstruction in Iraq with emphasis on consolidating the UN's leading coordinating role, as well as the Middle East crisis were examined.
Touching on African issues, the sides noted the need for a quick settlement of conflicts on the continent, which are the main obstacle to its onward economic and social development. In this connection they stressed the importance of implementing the NEPAD program, reinforcing the African Union's structures and developing regional integration.
Substantial attention was paid to discussing topical issues in bilateral cooperation. Highly assessing the level and intensity of political cooperation, the participants in the talks concurred on the need to press ahead with tapping the potential existing in economic, scientific, technological, cultural and other fields.
The consultations have confirmed the existence of broad possibilities for deepening the productive cooperation between the Russian Federation and SA in the UN and on the international scene as a whole, as part of moving towards strategic partnership.