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Russia plans to develop ties with African countries — Putin

November 19, 2014, 16:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday received credentials from ambassadors of several foreign countries, including diplomats of several African states, at the Kremlin on Wednesday.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW, November 19. /TASS/. Russia plans to develop relations with African countries and will give all assistance they need, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a ceremony of receiving credentials from ambassadors of several foreign countries, including diplomats of several African states, at the Kremlin on Wednesday.

In particular, Putin noted that Russia was interested in developing ties with the Republic of Djibouti. “We are open for cooperation in international affairs, establishing contacts in economic and other spheres for the sake of strengthening peace and stability on the Horn of Africa,” he said.

Putin noted that Russia also valued friendly ties with the Central African Republic. “Jointly with the international community, we will continue promoting effort taken by the republican interim leadership to attain political and inter-confessional accord and to improve a hard humanitarian situation,” he added.

As for relations with Eritrea, the president noted that they were broadening. “We have close approaches to topical issues on international and regional agenda and a striving to establish trade and economic ties,” he said.

As for ties with the Republic of Ghana, Putin noted that they were also developing in a traditionally constructive way. “We are interested to continue coordinated work in the United Nations Organization and other international structures, and we will continue assistance to the training of specialists for different industries of Ghana’s economy,” he noted.

Welcoming an ambassador from Zambia, Putin recalled that 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and that country was marked recently. “We are interested in further promotion of bilateral cooperation, including traditional aid in training staff for that country and will continue talks on positions over issues of regional and international agenda,” the president added.

The Russian leader also said that Russia intended to develop relations with Tanzania, “step up cooperation on the international scene and to bolster trade and economic cooperation.” “We welcome Tanzania’s active role in settling African problems,” he added.

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