Press Bulletin of the Embassy of the Russian Federation/

 

13-01-2005

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov Holds Talks with Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Seyoum Mesfin

On January 13 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Seyoum Mesfin, in Moscow on a working visit.

The sides discussed a number of international problems, and examined the main world trends in the context of global challenges and threats. Priority attention was devoted to such urgent topics as the combating of international terrorism, the creation of a new system of global security and cooperation, the promotion of strategic stability in the world, and the strengthening of the role of the United Nations Organization.

In the course of the talks the problems of ensuring the sustainable development of the countries of Africa and of eradicating poverty were analyzed, as well as the prospects for carrying out the New Partnership for the Development of Africa (NEPAD) program. There was underscored Russia's line on supporting NEPAD and its intention to work jointly with the G8 member states and international organizations to devise mechanisms for its implementation.

Considerable attention was paid to the formative process of the African Union with a view to deepening further the coordination of efforts by the continent's countries in ensuring the sustainable development of Africa.

The sides discussed a broad range of questions related to the search of ways for resolving the conflicts in Africa, in particular in the Horn of Africa area, which is an essential precondition for carrying out the plans of economic and social development of the countries of the continent. An exchange of views on the situation in the Middle East and Iraq also took place.

The ministers examined the state and ways of development of bilateral cooperation in the political, trade, economic and other fields. There was reaffirmed the mutual desire of the sides to promote further the comprehensive interaction of Russia and Ethiopia in the spirit of the Declaration on the Principles of Friendly Relations and Partnership, signed in 2001.

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