16 February 201719:22

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Bonn, February 16, 2017


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Mr Secretary of State,

Thank you for the opportunity to hold our first meeting in your new capacity. Please accept our congratulations on assuming office.

There are many issues we need to discuss. Most of them were mentioned in a telephone conversation between our presidents on January 28. I hope we will be able to outline the parameters for cooperation on each of these issues today. 

I also hope that our participation in the events scheduled in Germany, including the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting and the Munich Security Conference, will be productive.

Once again, I am happy to meet you.

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