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10 October 201812:48

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Andorra Maria Ubach, Moscow, October 10, 2018

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Ms Minister,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Moscow.

Russia and Andorra enjoy a good relationship, although it is not often that we exchange visits. According to my notes, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Andorra visited Russia only once, in 2007, when I met with your predecessor, Juli Minoves. It has been a long break and we are glad that you decided to accept our invitation and visit our capital.

Our relations are developing progressively. At the same time, we would prefer more frequent contacts. Our countries’ foreign ministries must take initiative in organising more frequent contacts. Overall, there is room for improvement in trade and the economy as we have rather modest results in those areas. We hope to see Andorran representatives next week at the Open Innovations international forum. It is good to see that tourism is developing in both directions and citizens of our countries support humanitarian and cultural links between Russia and Andorra.

Today we will talk about our contacts and cooperation within the framework of various international bodies, including the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the UN. We value Andorra’s balanced and pragmatic position in all these organisations.

Welcome!

 

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