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Published:November 7th, 2007 14:01 EST
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Holds Talks with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Holds Talks with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin

By SOP newswire

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov on November 7 held talks with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Seyoum Mesfin, who is in Moscow on a working visit.

Their exchange of views has borne out the similarity of the sides’ approaches on a broad spectrum of pressing international problems, such as establishing a democratic world pattern, promoting strategic stability in the world and countering international terrorism. A substantial place in the talks was allotted to the theme of increasing the UN’s coordinating role in tackling the key problems of today.

During the conversation the heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the two countries touched on a range of issues relating to the search for ways to settle conflicts and crises on the African continent. In this context Lavrov reaffirmed the position of Russia in favor of the soonest restoration of an atmosphere of good-neighborliness in the Horn of Africa subregion, and a political solution to the problems there, on the basis of the generally recognized rules of international law and coordination between the African Union and the UN.

The sides underscored the importance of reinforcing stability, advancing political and economic integration in Africa and enhancing the effectiveness of the participation in these processes of the African Union and subregional organizations.

The ministers discussed problems in bilateral cooperation and outlined a number of steps directed toward the deepening of Russian-Ethiopian political engagement and intensification of cooperation between the two countries in the economic, commercial and other fields.

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