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MOSCOW, September 2 (Itar-Tass) - Russia hopes to keep “a high pace of cooperation with the Republic of South Africa,” particularly in economy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here on Monday, opening the negotiations with his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
“This year two Russian-South African summits were held, the protocol for comprehensive strategic partnership was signed,” Lavrov recalled. “Our current task is to keep ‘a high pace of cooperation’ with South Africa,” he said. The Russian minister also noted that he intends to discuss “the most acute, critical situations” in the Middle East and Africa with Nkoana-Mashabane. “I hope that our negotiations will remain regular as before,” he said.
For her part, the South African foreign minister noted that she is looking forward for a meeting with Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology Sergei Donskoy, who is the main Russian negotiator with South Africa.