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Russia, Djibouti to discuss African settlement, situation at Horn of Africa

October 06, 2011, 6:36 UTC+3

Objective conditions exist for enhanced interaction between our two countries in the international arena

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MOSCOW, October 6 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Djiboutian counterpart Mohamed Ali Yusuf will meet in Moscow for talks on Thursday, October 6, to discuss African settlement and the humanitarian situation near the Horn of Africa.

This is the first visit of a high-ranking diplomat in the history of Russian-Djibouti relations; it should become an important new step forward in the development of our ties with the country.

The visit program envisages talks between the foreign ministers of both countries, as well as the Djibouti minister’s meetings with senior officials of a number of Russian agencies and organisations. During the talks between Yusuf and Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov they are expected to hold a thorough exchange of views on international and African issues, including on the resolution of the crisis situations in Africa and the humanitarian plight in the Horn of Africa, and to discuss topical issues relating to the development of Russian-Djibouti ties in various fields. A Protocol on Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Djibouti is planned to be signed.

The leadership of the Republic of Djibouti is pursuing a line on the development of cooperation with Russia and shows interest in deepening the inter-state dialogue, and expanding cooperation in trade, economic, cultural and other fields.

Objective conditions exist for enhanced interaction between our two countries in the international arena. The Republic of Djibouti plays an important role in sub-regional affairs.

“We hope that the working visit of Mohamed Ali Yusuf will be useful in terms of strengthening collaboration with Djibouti on the international scene and will contribute to the development of bilateral cooperation in trade, economic and other fields,” the Foreign Ministry said.

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