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MEXICO, August 10 (Itar-Tass) - A Russian delegation had several meetings with representatives of Latin American countries to promote the candidature of Yekaterinburg for hosting the EXPO-2020 international exhibition.
Following the negotiations in Venezuela, Guatemala, Salvador and Mexico, the delegation has “received theoretical confirmations those countries will vote for the Russian city,” First Deputy Speaker of Russia’s Federation Council Alexander Torshin said.
The delegation has received definite support of Yekaterinburg’s candidature from Guatemala and Salvadore, Torshin said commenting on the meetings, in which he had participated together with EXPO-2020’s Director General of the application committee Andrei Nevsky. Venezuela and Mexico are also likely to vote for Yekaterinburg, Torshin added. “A more complicated situation is with Belize, which is most likely to support the candidature of Dubai.”
Yekaterinburg’s competitors for hosting EXPO-2020, besides Dubai, are Izmir /Turkey/ and San Paulo /Brazil/. The final voting is due in November in Paris.
Torshin continued saying Yekaterinburg “has a good chance to win the election, though it has strong competitors.” Before the election, the Russian delegation “will have several more meetings in different countries to promote its candidate.”
EXPO international universal exhibitions have been organised since 1851 and they are considered to be major international events comparable with the Olympic Games and Football Cups. Earlier, Moscow competed for hosting EXPO-2010, but that time Shanghai won the competition.