28 February 201919:35

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of Angola Manuel Domingos Augusto, Moscow, February 28, 2019


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Foreign Minister, my dear friend,

I am delighted to return the hospitality you showed me during my visit to Angola last year here in Moscow.

I remember our detailed, substantive talks very well, as well as my reception by President of Angola Joao Lourenco. All of this made an important contribution to the continued progress of our relations. Let me particularly note the meeting between the presidents of Russia and Angola in July 2018, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg.

We value our relations going back many decades and based on the firm ties of friendship and mutual affection between Russians and Angolans, the roots of which can be found in the history of the joint fight against colonialism.

Today we have a good opportunity to build on the agreements reached by our presidents by discussing the entire range of bilateral relations and our close cooperation at international organisations.

I am very glad to see you.

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