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World’s smallest republic pledges to wholly support Russia

November 06, 2013, 16:33 UTC+3
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YEKATERINBURG, November 6 (Itar-Tass) - The world’s smallest republic, Nauru, is ready to support Russia’s position on all issues, its president Divavesi Waqa said at talks with the acting governor of the Sverdlovsk region in Russia’s Urals on Wednesday.

Sources from the governor’s information policy department told Tass that President Waqa and Governor Yakov Silin had discussed a possibility to design a program of Russian-Nauruan cooperation in the economic and humanitarian spheres, in which the Sverdlovsk region would have its role.

Nauru is situated in the centre of the Pacific, it is very small, and it is a big honor for it to be a friend of Russia, President Divavesi Waqa said. It seeks to develop cooperation with Russia’s powerful regions, he added. The people of Nauru had always supported and would keep supporting the stance of the Russian Federation, he stressed.

They also discussed Yekaterinburg’s bid to host EXPO 2020 world exhibition, and the governor thanked the president of Nauru for the interest in the region. “We highly appreciate a positive attitude of the Republic of Nauru to Russia’s bid to host EXPO 2020. We expect your support and in case of the victory we hope the Republic of Nauru will have its exposition at the exhibition,” Silin said.

The development of tourism is also a promising direction in cooperation. “Along with the islands of Fiji and Tahiti, the Republic of Nauru may be added to the list of Oceania countries eagerly visited by residents of the Urals,” the acting governor said. “Twice a year, in autumn and in spring, the Sverdlovsk region hosts tourism exhibitions, and we offer you to consider a possibility to present Nauru’s tourism potential at them. If you show interest we will offer every kind of support,” Silin added.

Nauru is a mini-state on the same-name coral island in the Pacific Ocean. Its population is 11,300 people. Nauru is the smallest island state, the smallest independent republic on Earth, the smallest mini-state outside Europe and the only in the world republic without the official capital.

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