25 March 201513:35

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's meeting with his counterparts from the member-countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA)

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On March 26, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with his counterparts from the member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) that unites Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and El Salvador.

We consider this dialogue to be a major part of Russia’s active foreign policy in Latin America. Moscow advocates a strong, politically united and economically stable Latin America, which is increasingly turning into one of the pillars supporting the burgeoning multi-polar world. We are pleased to note that the region is upholding its identity in world affairs on the basis of equality, balance of interests and mutual respect. Our countries are drawn together by their commitment to multilateral mechanisms of regulating international relations, the primacy of international law and the consolidation of the UN's coordinating role.

Russia is ready to expand political interaction with Central American countries in line with the 2004 memorandum of mutual understanding on the mechanism of political dialogue and cooperation between Russia and SICA. We are motivated to promote mutually advantageous cooperation with Central American countries in conformity with the UN Millennium Development Goals and the priorities worked out by Central Americans.

Among the key areas of such cooperation are the following: to facilitate the consolidation of civil security, including resistance to new challenges and threats; training of law-enforcement personnel; prevention of emergencies and elimination of their consequences; trade, economic and investment cooperation; innovations, including in healthcare; humanitarian contacts, academic ties, education, in particular, granting of Russian state scholarships; and contacts in culture, sports and tourism.

We are grateful to Central Americans for their support for Russia’s international initiatives, in particular the proposals on not being the first to place weapons in space, consolidation of international information security and countering the glorification of Nazism. On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II we note the unanimous adoption of a relevant UN General Assembly resolution co-authored by Guatemala and Nicaragua.

The meeting is expected to produce a joint statement reflecting mutual understanding of the priorities of our multi-faceted cooperation with Central American states in addition to our dynamic bilateral cooperation with each of them individually.

Mr Lavrov will hold separate conversations with foreign ministers from some Central American countries on the sidelines of the meeting. He is expected to sign an intergovernmental agreement on visa-free travel with Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez.

 


March 25, 2015

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