Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s consultations with the Zambian Foreign Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Chalwe Lombe
On February 17, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and North Africa Mikhail Bogdanov held consultations with Permanent Secretary of the Zambian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chalwe Lombe in Moscow.
The officials had an in-depth discussion of a number of topics related to the continued development of the traditionally friendly Russian-Zambian relationship. In this context, a special emphasis was placed on the significance of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation in the Construction of the Centre for Nuclear Research and Technology in Zambia that involved the Rosatom State Corporation and that was concluded earlier on February 16 in Moscow. Both officials expressed a willingness to pursue a deeper political dialogue and more mutually beneficial ties in trade, the economy, the humanitarian sphere and more.
The detailed discussion of current regional and international issues revealed that Russia and Zambia take identical or similar principled approaches, including the need to consolidate global efforts to fight terrorism and drug trafficking and address other modern challenges. Talking about Africa-related issues of mutual interests with a focus on the settlement of conflicts and crises in the Central African Republic, the African Great Lakes region, the Sahara and the Sahel, South Sudan and Somalia, the officials stressed the need to resolve them through political means and in strict compliance with international law and the UN Charter.