Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov’s Visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov paid a working visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from April 23-24 at the invitation of the Korean side. He had talks with DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun and met President of the Presidium of the Supreme People‘s Assembly Kim Yong Nam.
Discussions focused on wide-ranging issues of mutual concern, including various aspects of bilateral political, trade, economic and humanitarian cooperation, and international problems. An exchange of views regarding the aggravated situation on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia featured prominently in the agenda.
In the talks, Lavrov noted the priority of preserving six-party negotiations as a tool for resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear problem. In this context he called on all participants of the six-party process to fully comply with the obligations assumed in its framework.
While staying in Pyongyang Lavrov signed an intergovernmental Plan of Cultural and Scientific Cooperation between Russia and the DPRK 2009-2010, and took part in the opening of a Russian Center, designed to facilitate the two nations’ cultural and education cooperation and the popularization of the Russian language.
The visit passed in the atmosphere of mutual understanding and trust characteristic for the traditionally friendly relations between Russia and the DPRK.
April 24, 2009