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Monday, 1 December 2014

Russia Seeks To Raise Its Profile in Africa

President Vladimir Putin received the letters of credence of 15 new foreign ambassadors to Russia in a ceremony at the Grand Kremlin Palace’s Alexander Hall on November 19 in Moscow.

Putin received letters of credence from the new ambassadors of Djibouti, the Central African Republic, Eritrea, Poland, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ghana, Vietnam, the United States of America, Zambia, Turkey, Tanzania, Hungary, Peru, Nicaragua and Uzbekistan.

In particular, Putin noted that Russia was interested in developing ties with the Republic of Djibouti and is open to cooperation in international affairs and building up contacts in economic and other areas in the interest of strengthening peace and stability on the Horn of Africa.

He said that Russia valued friendly relations with the Central African Republic. “Together with the international community we will continue to assist the transitional government’s efforts to reach political and inter-faith harmony and normalize the difficult humanitarian situation,” he pointed out in his speech.

With regards to Eritrea, he said: “we are building up our relations with Eritrea. We share similar approaches towards current issues on the international and regional agendas and seek to develop our trade and economic ties.”

Zambia is always on the economic agenda. Russia marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with the Republic of Zambia. The president said that Russia would seek to continue developing bilateral cooperation, including our traditional assistance in training professionals for your country and will continue to coordinate positions on the regional and international agenda.

Russia wants to develop traditionally friendly ties with Tanzania, strengthen cooperation on the international stage, and expand trade and economic relations. Russia welcomes Tanzania’s active role in resolving the African continent’s problems.

Russian authorities pledged to help and offer necessary assistance and from that of ministries, agencies and the broader Russian civic society and business community to all foreign embassies in pursuit of their assignment in the Russian Federation.

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