14 September 200611:50

Decision by Botswana Government to Unilaterally Abolish Visa Requirement for Russian Citizens Entering That Country

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Unofficial translation from Russian

PRESS RELEASE

On September 5 the Foreign Ministry of Botswana announced a decision of the government of the country to unilaterally abolish the visa requirement for citizens of the Russian Federation entering into the territory of Botswana. The decision will take effect three months after that date, i.e. on December 5, 2006, after the accomplishment of necessary organizational procedures.

We highly assess this important event in Russian-Botswana relations and regard it as one more evidence of the interest of the Botswana leadership in the further development of cooperation with Russia in the political, trade, economic, humanitarian and other fields. We hope, this step of the Botswana side will also help promote the tourism of Russians to that African country. By and large it fits in with our principled line on ensuring the maximally simplified procedure for trips of Russian citizens abroad.

It is symbolic that the decision of the Botswana government was taken on the eve of the visit to South Africa of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which became a landmark event in the development of our ties with African countries.

September 14, 2006

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