Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a joint news conference following talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique Jose Pacheco, Maputo, March 7, 2018
Mr Minister, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,
First of all, I would like to thank our Mozambican hosts for the invitation and excellent organisation of our work.
Relations between our countries are friendly. They were formed during the years of anti-colonial struggle and have acquired a strong and stable nature already in the course of Mozambique’s emergence as a state and your country’s social and economic development under the leadership of the FRELIMO party.
We noted with gratitude President of the Republic of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi’s willingness to hold talks with our delegation today. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Mozambique, we discussed key issues that need to be addressed in the near future.
Of course, our key goal is to make sure that our trade, economic and investment cooperation reaches the same level as the political dialogue. We are already starting to see results. An agreement was reached on establishing the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, the first meeting of which will be held next month in Maputo.
Both sides have positive words for the long and successful experience of interaction between the countries. In the sphere of military-technical cooperation, we stated that the decision to create a working group on military-technical cooperation, which met last year for the first time, also promotes the development of cooperation in this important area.
Our relations in the area of education, which also have a rich and long history, are expanding. Several hundred Mozambican citizens are studying at civilian Russian universities and training facilities of the Defence Ministry and the Interior Ministry.
Relations between our parliaments and political parties are expanding as well. Most recently, delegates from the United Russia Party and the Communist Party attended a FRELIMO congress.
We pay special attention to youth exchanges. We are grateful to our Mozambican friends for sending a representative delegation to the World Festival of Youth and Students held last autumn in Sochi.
We maintain close interaction on international issues, including at the UN, and also as part of Russia's cooperation with the African Union, the Southern African Development Community and other entities that operate on the African continent, of which Mozambique is a party.
Just like our Mozambican friends, we consider joining efforts to fight terrorism an absolute priority of the international community. It is necessary to do so on a common and solid basis of international law, without any double standards or attempts to use extremists to achieve self-serving geopolitical goals. It was with this initiative that President Vladimir Putin addressed a recent session of the UN General Assembly. It remains fully relevant, including in view of the mounting terrorist threat. Despite some successes in fighting this evil, it continues to bring a large number of problems upon many countries and regions.
We discussed the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, in particular, the Syrian settlement. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a participant in the Astana process, Russia actively engages in helping to overcome the Syria crisis. We also contributed to the common efforts to implement UNSCR 2254 by holding the Syrian National Dialogue Congress with our Iranian and Turkish colleagues in Sochi in January.
We confirmed Russia’s full support for the efforts of the African countries to combat the terrorist threat on their territory, especially the Sahel-Sahara region, where terrorists began to actively try to dictate terms after Libya was invaded and plunged into chaos.
We will continue to cooperate with our Mozambican friends in all the formats mentioned, while also strengthening the bilateral dialogue across all areas of our interaction.
In closing, I invited Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique Jose Pacheco to pay an official visit to the Russian Federation.