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MOSCOW, September 26 (Itar-Tass) - Issues of Somali settlement and intensification of bilateral economic cooperation were discussed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Somalia Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday on the results of their Wednesday meeting in New York.
“The sides had a lively exchange of views on the Somali settlement,” the ministry said. “They reaffirmed the importance of continuing international efforts to achieve a lasting national reconciliation and the restoration of the statehood of Somalia for strengthening security and stability in the Horn of Africa and East Africa.”
“The ministers noted the mutual desire to intensify Russian- Somali cooperation in the trade-economic and other spheres, also to maintain a close political dialogue between Moscow and Mogadishu,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.