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Lavrov, Guatemala FM to discuss prospects for developing political dialogue

November 27, 2013, 7:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, November 27, 4:05 /ITAR-TASS/. Prospects for the development of Russo-Guatemalan political dialogue and and expansion of cooperation in various fields will be discussed here on Wednesday by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia and Guatemala, Sergei Lavrov and Luis Fernando Carrera Castro. The Guatemalan Minister is currently in Russia on an official visit.

An RF Foreign Ministry official said that thte two Ministers will also touch upon the theme of strengthening the legal-treaty basiss of bilateral relations, and exchange views on the most topical matters that are on the international agenda. As a result of the talks, the sides will sign a Joint Statement.

"Russia regards Guatemala as a promising partner in Central America," the Ministry official emphasized. "A solid foundation for the development of interstate relations was laid by summit-level contacts, the first-ever ones in the history of bilateral relations --- Russian President Vladimir Putin's working visit to Guatemala in July 2007 and Guatealan President Alvaro Colom's official visit to Russia in March 2010. VladimirPutin, in particular, attended the 119th session of the International Olympic Committee held in the capital of Guatemala in July 2007, at which Russia gained the right to holding the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014".

Carrera Castro's visit fits into the policy line being pursued by Russia towards stepping up relations wth Latin American states, including Central American ones, and adding a more busy and substantive character to them," the RF Foreign Ministry official pointed out.

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