Russia to Deepen Relations with Eritrea

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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh today hold Press Conference following their meeting in Moscow.

By Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

The Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh has just arrived in Moscow for a 3-Day working visit at the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The two ministers today discussed key issues on the international and regional agendas with a focus on preventing and defusing conflicts in Africa, specifically in the Horn of Africa and South Sudan, as well as in the Middle East, including Syria and Yemen.

In the course of their discussion, Sergey Lavrov and Osman Saleh are expected to focus more on matters related to stepping up trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Eritrea, including joint mineral extraction projects in Eritrea, and creating a favourable investment climate for Russian enterprises.

Russia and Eritrea have shown great interest to further promote a political dialogue.

The two countries share close or convergent approaches to the objective of building a multipolar world as a way to make the system of international relations more just and safe.

Russia and Eritrea also cooperate within the UN and other international organizations.

Training Eritrean nationals in Russian educational institutions is an important aspect of the bilateral relations.

During his visit, Minister Osman Saleh is expected to meet with the heads of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Agriculture Ministry, as well as representatives of the Russian business community.

Russia expects the visit by the Eritrean Foreign Minister to provide the impetus needed for facilitating joint efforts by Moscow and Asmara to put the potential in bilateral relations to effective use.

FM Sergey Lavrov’s Opening Remarks at Talks with Eritrean Counterpart

Russia Eritrea meeting in Moscow, Jan 30, 2017
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh, Moscow, January 30, 2017

Mr Minister,

It is a pleasure to see you again. We met in February 2014, and held useful and substantive talks on a broad range of issues on the bilateral and international agendas, and we signed a very important document – the Protocol on Consultations between the Foreign Ministries of the Russian Federation and Eritrea, which has helped us to organise our work more systematically since then.

We value our friendly relations with Eritrea and want to continue developing mutually beneficial cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, trust, and consideration of each other’s interests. We think it important to maintain a positive dynamic of contacts and look at the additional opportunities we have for expanding cooperation on political matters, trade and the economy, and in other areas.

We want to continue deepening our coordination in the UN and other multilateral forums, taking into account the similarity or closeness of our positions on key issues in the world today, including the need to respect international law, the UN’s central role, and peoples’ right to determine their own future.

Russia wants to help resolve problems in Africa and settle conflicts on the continent. It would be very useful for us to hear your assessment of the situation in the Horn of Africa and other parts of the continent, including in the context of the international terrorism threat.

As always, I hope for a frank and trusting discussion. Once again, I wish you welcome.