Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Minister for External Relations of the Republic of Angola Tete Antonio, Moscow, October 13, 2021
We are glad to welcome you in Moscow. In the early 2000s, you and I worked in New York. Today, we welcome you in the capacity of Minister for External Relations of friendly Angola.
On October 8 of this year, we marked the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between our countries. During this period, we brought our relations to the level of a trust-based, privileged partnership.
Today, we have a good opportunity to consider in detail the state of bilateral relations, as well as our collaboration at the UN and on other international issues in conformity with the agreements of principle reached during President of Angola Joao Lourenco’s visit to the Russian Federation in April 2019 and later in the course of his participation in the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi.
The dialogue with Angola is of much importance for Russia, given the active and constructive role that the leaders of your country play in promoting the principles of the UN Charter in practical international affairs and your personal contribution to the work of subregional organisations on the African continent and the African Union.
Welcome, Mr Minister.