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20 February 201915:57

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia Joe Malanji, Moscow, February 20, 2019

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Mr Minister,

Colleagues,

We are glad to welcome you in Moscow.

Your visit comes in the year of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries. Our relations have been defined by partnership throughout this period both in terms of our bilateral agenda and our cooperation at the UN and other international fora.

We attach special importance to the first meeting between President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Zambia Edgar Lungu on the margins of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg in July 2018, which took place in a businesslike and friendly atmosphere. Today we have a good opportunity to build on that discussion and the understanding reached in the course of it, and to discuss current bilateral topics such as political dialogue and partnership in the field of peaceful nuclear energy, economic ties, security interaction and humanitarian contacts. No doubt that your assessment of the situation in Africa, where Zambia is playing a key role in integration and peacekeeping, is of special interest to us.

Once again, welcome.

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