Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement at a joint news conference following talks with Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola Tete Antonio, Moscow, October 13, 2021
I had talks with my Angolan counterpart Tete Antonio which were held in a traditionally friendly and warm atmosphere. We talked about the time when we worked side by side in New York.
Reaffirming by both sides the importance for all states to strictly follow UN Charter principles and norms was among the important outcomes of today’s talks. This is how we develop our privileged partnership with Angola, relying on the traditions of friendship and cooperation that go back to the days of the Angolan people’s struggle for freedom and independence, which our country supported.
Our relationship is characterised by a high level of trust. This tone is set by our presidents who have reached fundamental agreements on the key areas of partnership during two meetings in Moscow and in Sochi in 2019.
Despite the global recession amid the coronavirus pandemic, our trade and economic relations continue to be marked by positive dynamics, which meets our mutual commitment to take business partnerships to a new level. Preparations for implementing a number of mutually beneficial projects in industry, mining, agriculture and science-intensive technologies through the corresponding agencies and companies are ongoing.
The peaceful use of outer space is a relatively new area in our interaction. We see good prospects for the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Russian companies are showing increasing interest in the capacious and promising Angolan market.
We will provide assistance to the business circles in both countries, including by using the recently created Angola-Russia business council, which is truly instrumental in this regard. The entire range of relevant issues will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Intergovernmental Russian-Angolan Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation and Trade, which will be held in Luanda within the next few months.
Our mutual interest in promoting cultural and humanitarian ties is growing. Angolan specialists are being efficiently educated at Russian civilian and law-enforcement colleges, and through the Defence Ministry. Our defence ministries’ contacts are traditionally close. The Defence Minister of the Republic of Angola took part in the Army 2021 regular military forum in the Russian Federation last August. We are preparing for another meeting of the inter-governmental committee on MTC. This will play a key role in further strengthening our partnership.
We closely cooperate in the UN and support each other’s initiatives. We want all UN members to rely on the need for dialogue and respect for the right of nations to decide their destinies independently, as well as a search for reliable consensus solutions in settling conflicts and overcoming crises. We use this approach when reviewing the developments in hot spots like the DRC, the African Great Lakes, the CAR, Mozambique and Mali. Our African friends and we believe that it is necessary to settle all these conflicts based on the initiatives of African sub-regional organisations and the African Union.
As a member of the UN Security Council and a long-standing partner in the African Union and many other African agencies, Russia will continue its intensive efforts to promote stability and security in Africa. In this respect, we always consider the assessments and advice expressed by our Angolan friends, considering Angola’s constructive role in its efforts to settle conflicts in Africa in many areas, in part, as the Chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
I am sincerely grateful to my colleague and friend for our joint efforts. I am confident that we will continue developing our relations for the benefit of our nations.