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16 May 201817:58

Press release on Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa David Mabuza

935-16-05-2018

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On May 16, Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa David Mabuza who arrived in the Russian Federation as a special envoy of President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa.

During the engaged discussion of the state and prospects of strategic partnership between Moscow and Pretoria the officials reaffirmed their mutual striving to further deepen the political dialogue and enhance practical cooperation in business where the key role belongs to the Joint Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation, as well as in science, technology and the humanitarian area, to name a few.

The Russian side expressed support for the priorities of South Africa’s BRICS Presidency and the willingness to help their South African partners hold a successful summit of the Five in Johannesburg on July 25-27, 2018. Deputy President David Mabuza laid emphasis on his country’s interest in enhancing foreign policy coordination with Russia and praised its consistent line of principle on supporting the efforts of the African community to find consensus-based solutions to the continent’s political and socio-economic issues.

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