Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni Mamani

1520-15-08-2017

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On August 16, Moscow will host talks between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Foreign Minister of the Plurinational State of Bolivia Fernando Huanacuni Mamani as part of his working visit to Russia.

The ministers will analyse the course of the joint work to develop cooperation between Russia and Bolivia in the context of the agreements reached by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia Evo Morales during numerous meetings on the sidelines of various international forums, the latest of which was held on November 23, 2015, at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum summit in Tehran.

The ministers will discuss the situation in Latin America and the Caribbean Region, political processes on the continent, including Venezuela, which must overcome internal differences peacefully, through nationwide dialogue and without external pressure. Russia is interested in promoting effective cooperation with such associations as CELAC, USAN, MERCOSUR, ALBA and OAS, which lays the groundwork for Russian-Bolivian cooperation in a multilateral format.

Due attention will be paid to events in the Middle East, in the context of the fight against ISIS, a terrorist organisation banned in Russia, and promoting peaceful settlement of the conflict in Syria.

The parties will discuss the agenda of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in the context of the 4th GECF Gas Summit to be held on November 24, 2017, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

The ministers will consider the prospects for stepping up joint efforts to develop trade, economic and investment cooperation. The Russian-Bolivian Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, which held its second meeting in Moscow on May 29-30, should play an important role in this task.

Interaction in the energy sector is promising. On the Russian side, cooperation in this area has been successfully carried out by Gazprom, and on the Bolivian side – by Bolivia’s state oil and gas company YPFB on the basis of previously signed agreements.

Our countries uphold the fundamental principles of international law, advocate the strengthening of multilateral diplomacy and the central and coordinating role of the United Nations in world affairs, and counteracting new challenges and threats, including in the field of combating terrorism and illicit drug trafficking. Due to the fact that in 2017-2018 Bolivia is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, we closely cooperate at this international platform, in particular, on international information security, road safety, transparency and building confidence in outer space.

There are positive trends in the field of combating drug trafficking. The parties are interested in strengthening contacts between the competent authorities of our countries, continuing the practice of training Bolivian drug police officers at the Russian Interior Ministry’s courses in Peru for employees of the anti-drug agencies of South America, as well as offering advanced training courses to Bolivian law enforcement officers at the Russian Interior Ministry’s educational institutions.

Humanitarian cooperation is also growing. A growing number of Bolivian students study at Russian universities.

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