Comment by the Information and Press Department on the working visit to Russia by Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh
On January 29 – February 2, 2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea Osman Saleh will be in Russia on a working visit at the invitation of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
On January 30, the two ministers will meet to discuss the key issues on the international and regional agendas with a focus on preventing and defusing conflicts in Africa, specifically in the Horn of Africa and South Sudan, as well as in the Middle East, including Syria and Yemen.
Sergey Lavrov and Osman Saleh are expected to focus on matters related to stepping up trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Eritrea, including joint mineral extraction projects in Eritrea, and creating a favourable investment climate for Russian enterprises.
Russia and Eritrea are interested in further promoting a political dialogue. The two countries share close or convergent approaches to the objective of building a multipolar world as a way to make the system of international relations more just and safe. Russia and Eritrea cooperate within the UN and other international organizations.
Training Eritrean nationals in Russian educational institutions is an important aspect of bilateral relations.
During his visit, Osman Saleh is expected to meet with the heads of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Agriculture Ministry, as well as representatives of the Russian business community.
Russia expects the upcoming visit by the Eritrean Foreign Minister to provide the impetus needed for facilitating joint efforts by Moscow and Asmara to put the potential in bilateral relations to effective use.