Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation of Burundi Alain Aime Nyamitwe, Moscow, October 12, 2017
We are glad to welcome you to Moscow. We met several days after the celebrations of the 55th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, which we marked on October 1. Over that half century, our relations developed in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and trust, which provides the basis for our effective cooperation in all spheres.
It is gratifying to see the growth of mutual interest in deepening and strengthening our trade, economic and investment cooperation in the past few years. A number of joint projects have reached the stage where we can start implementing them. We have developed sound traditions of cultural and educational cooperation that we will continue to encourage. We closely interact at the UN, and we are grateful to our Burundian friends for their desire to coordinate their approaches with those of Russia.
Of course, we would like to hear your views on the situation in Africa, primarily in the Great Lakes region, considering several persisting conflicts there. We certainly support the efforts of the Burundian authorities to normalise the situation and restore stability in the country. In other words, we expect to hold productive talks.
Once again, welcome to Moscow.