Press Bulletin of the Embassy of the Russian Federation/

 

21-09-2004


PRESS RELEASE
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov Meets with Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Habib Ben Yahia

A meeting took place on September 20 in New York on the fringes of the 59th session of the UN General Assembly between Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and Habib Ben Yahia, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Tunisian Republic.

When exchanging views on a number of questions included in the General Assembly agenda special attention was paid to new global challenges and threats, primarily the task of strengthening multilateral mechanisms for counteraction against international terrorism and control over the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons. The Tunisian minister welcomed the Russian proposal for concluding an International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

The discussion of pressing regional problems has shown the similarity of the approaches of Russia and Tunisia, current chairman of the League of Arab States, concerning the need to get out of the Mideast peace process impasse on the path of the speediest implementation of the Road Map's provisions, proposed by the Quartet of international mediators, and ensuring of a return to normalcy in Iraq on the basis of compliance with UN Security Council resolution 1546.

Lavrov and Ben Yahia expressed satisfaction with the ongoing development of Russian-Tunisian relations, reaffirming the sides' mutual desire to deepen further the political dialogue at various levels and to expand ties in the trade and economic field and the area of tourism. It was agreed to intensify the all-round preparations for the planned official visit to Russia of the President of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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