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Friday, 29 May 2015 11:17

Putin Accepts Credentials from New Ambassadors

iiCreditBy Kester Kenn Klomegah

MOSCOW, May 29, 2015 (Buziness Africa) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accepted credentials from 13 new ambassadors of foreign countries, including four Africans namely Mamadou Dem (Senegal), Grum Abay Teshome (Ethiopia), Nomasonto Maria Sibanda-Thusi (South Africa) and Telar Ring Deng (South Sudan).


The ceremony was held in Alexander’s Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace located in central Moscow. As a standing administrative rule, once the credentials are received by the Russian head of state, the newly arriving foreign ambassadors and permanent representatives of international organisations will have formally assumed office.


“You are in for serious work to develop relations between countries you represent and Russia. We want your activity to be effective and serve further promotion of political dialogue and the raising of the level of trade-economic, investment and humanitarian contacts,” Putin told the ambassadors.


The President stressed in his speech: “You can rest assured that the Russian leadership, our ministries, departments, public-political and business circles will provide all required assistance to you.”


According to Putin, Russia’s relations with the Republic of Senegal have been developing consistently and constructively. Both plan to diversify trade, investment and humanitarian ties, and to continue seeking dialogue on regional matters.


With regards to South Sudan, he said “We are for the soonest possible resolution of the internal conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. We support the corresponding efforts of the international community and the Africans themselves. We are interested in establishing varied bilateral contacts.”


Strong links of friendship connect Russia and Ethiopia, the Russian leader said, noting that the country’s constructive contribution to a settlement on the African continent. Russia, in that direction, will continue to enhance political, economic and humanitarian cooperation with Ethiopia.


South Africa and Russia have had a strong bilateral relations and both are members of BRICS. “Our relations with the South African Republic have reached the level of a true strategic partnership. The results of our recent talks with Jacob Zuma on May 9 in Moscow confirmed our mutual resolve to further develop business ties and strengthen the contractual legal base. Our countries closely interact on the international arena, including within the UN and the G20. We look forward to seeing Mr Zuma in Ufa for the BRICS summit,” Putin said at the ceremony in the Kremlin.


Putin reminded the new ambassadors that “the BRICS organisation, created on Russia’s initiative in 2006, has already become an influential factor of world politics and economy.” Russia is interested in further strengthening cooperation between the BRICS states and in creating new cooperation mechanisms, including those in finance and the economy.


In Ufa, the BRICS group is expected to reach an agreement on launching the BRICS National Development Bank and the Currency Reserve Pool. The BRICS group also plans the development of inter-parliamentary relations, humanitarian and informational cooperation and to establish working contacts between trade unions and non-governmental organisations.

(Source: Buziness Africa)



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