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Russia, Mozambique FMs to discuss prospects for deeper cooperation

April 21, 2014, 9:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Sergei Lavrov and Oldemiro Baloi will also exchange their views on current problems on the international arena
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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

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MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. The Foreign Ministers of Russia and Mozambique, Sergei Lavrov and Oldemiro Baloi, will meet in Moscow on Monday to discuss prospects for deepening cooperation.

Russia's Foreing Ministry official said, "Business contacts between Russia and Mozambique have bebome more active of late. Favorable prerequisites are taking shape for giving greater scope to trade-and-economic, investment, humanitarian and other fields. Promising areas of cooperation include geological prospecting, mining, ferrous metallurgy, petrochemistry, agriculture, fishery, energy and infrastructure projects, education, and personnel training".

The foreign policy chiefs will also exchange their views on current problems on the international arena.

"The Russo-Mozambican time-tested relations are based on the principles of friendship and mutual respect, and are not prone to a political situation," the foreign ministry official pointed out. "Maputo regards with understanding Russia's actions in view of the crisis in Ukraine, which found reflection in Mozambique's decision to abstain from voting on March 27 on the UN General Assembly resolution concerning 'Territorial Integrity of Ukraine'."

Ministry official said Oldemiro Baloi's current visit to Moscow is a return visit: Sergei Lavrov visited Mozambique in February 2013. The two countries' "interaction on global and regional issues at the United Nations and on other international platforms is of constructive nature," the official added.

The Republic of Mozambique is a member of the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, and the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries.

The country participates in Inter-African integrational processes, and helps settle crisis situatins on the continent.

"The Mozambican Foreign Minister's visit to Mosco will contribute to consolidating positive trends in bilateral relations, which fully meets the long-term interests of our two countries and peoples," the Russian Foreign Ministry official said in conclusion.

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