Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communities of Guinea Bissau Suzi Carla Barbosa, Moscow, October 18, 2021
We are delighted to welcome you to the Russian capital. Relations between our countries are approaching their 50th anniversary. They are traditionally friendly and rely on the principles of equality, mutual respect and consideration of each other's interests. We appreciated the fact that a high-ranking Guinea Bissau delegation participated in the first Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi in October 2019. I would also like to welcome the new Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, who has assumed his duties, to the Russian Federation.
In the spring of 2021, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Presidential Special Envoy for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov visited your country. Today we will take another step to expand our political dialogue. We will sign a memorandum of understanding between the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Overseas Communities of Guinea-Bissau on political consultations. The next logical step should be to build up trade, economic and investment cooperation to bring it up to the level of a good and trustful political dialogue. I look forward to substantive discussions on these areas of our interaction, as well as cooperation in the UN and on various conflicts in Africa. Your assessments on these topics are important to us.
Delighted to see you. Welcome.