6 June 201915:25

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Botswana Unity Dow, St Petersburg, June 6, 2019

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Madam Minister,

Thank you for coming to the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) and for this opportunity to have a brief but important meeting on its sidelines. We would like to develop our relations which have a rich history, from the decolonisation period onwards.  

The Agreement that we have just signed, between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Botswana, on waiving visa requirements for citizens of the Russian Federation and of the Republic of Botswana will ensure that our peoples and business community members will have more comfortable conditions for interacting with each other. This is a crucial step.

We are grateful to you for this and for your coming here.

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