Press Bulletin of the Embassy of the Russian Federation/

 

22-09-2004


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

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, on September 21, in the course of the 59th session of the UN General Assembly, had a meeting with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Africa.

There was reconfirmed the identity of the approaches of Russia and South Africa to the problems of strengthening the UN's central role in world affairs and creating a global system for counteraction against new challenges and threats, primarily international terrorism. The sides spoke for the necessity of additional joint international efforts to speed up normalization of the situation in the Middle East and in Iraq.

During the talk, the ministers discussed questions related to UN reform. Touching on pan-African problems, Lavrov and Dlamini-Zuma spoke for the need to accelerate economic and social development on the continent and in favor of the political settlement of conflicts in Africa and the UN's more active involvement in African affairs.

The Russian side also expressed support to the efforts of South Africa and other African states, aimed at further strengthening the role of Africa in international affairs and accelerating the integration processes on the continent.

Noting the high level of political interaction between Russia and South Africa, the sides reaffirmed the importance of building up the bilateral mechanism in the trade-and-economic and other fields, including through the mechanisms of the Russian-South African Mixed Intergovernmental Committee on Trade-and-Economic Cooperation.

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