Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of Bolivia Fernando Huanacuni Mamani, Moscow, August 16, 2017

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Mr Minister,

Colleagues, friends,

We are happy to welcome you to Moscow. Your visit confirms that our countries maintain intense contact and that we are committed to strengthening and developing it across the board. During their meeting, our presidents outlined the key areas for developing our partnership, which spans political dialogue, trade and economic cooperation, primarily in the energy sector. The energy sector is not limited to hydrocarbons; it also includes nuclear energy, which is a promising segment, as well as new and renewable sources of energy that are so important for Bolivia. The Russian-Bolivian Intergovernmental Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation met recently to discuss cooperation in these and other areas, including agriculture and transport, and to agree on the concrete steps that we shall take together.

Our countries have effectively been cooperating on humanitarian, cultural and educational matters. Our law enforcement agencies are working together to enhance the efficiency of our joint efforts to fight terrorism, organised crime and drug trafficking. We have been productive in our cooperation on the international arena, including within the UN. Russia is grateful for the unwavering position of your country on matters related to expanding ties between the Russian Federation and various communities and associations in Latin America.

I am looking forward to a detailed discussion with you on all these matters. Of course, we will also discuss one of this year’s highlights: the upcoming Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum to be hosted by Bolivia on November 24.

Once again, welcome.

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