On March 7, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the South African Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Russia, Ms Nomasonto Maria Sibanda-Thusi, unveiled an exhibit of archive documents at the Russian Foreign Ministry to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and South Africa, which were established on February 28, 1992.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian parliament’s Federation Council and State Duma, ministries and agencies, business and research communities, Russian diplomatic service current and retired staff, members of the South African Embassy in Moscow, as well as South African businesspeople and students.
In their opening remarks, Mr Lavrov and Ms Sibanda-Thusi spoke about the strong historical ties between Russia and South Africa that developed during the struggle against apartheid and have since grown into a strategic partnership. The ministers pointed out the dynamic growth of Russian-South African interaction in a number of areas, including trade, economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation. They also positively assessed the two countries’ constructive cooperation at the UN, BRICS, the G20 and other international organisations.