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12th Session of ITEC between Russia and SA

   12th session of Joint Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) between the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa took place on November 5-8 in Pretoria. It was preceded by meeting of Co-Chairs of ITEC H.E. Mr.S.Donskoy, Minister of Natural Recources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, and H.E. Ms. M.Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of RSA. Issues of bilateral trade and economic relations development were discussed. During the ITEC meeting in - depth discussion on the state of bilateral cooperation in various fields was conducted, and the ways of intensifying and broadening the cooperation were marked. Bilateral Minutes of the meeting were adopted and signed by co-chairpersons. In the framework of ITEC Russia-SA Business council, Russian business-mission, as well as several other meetings were held.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov extends his condolences in connection with the death of Nelson Mandela

     On the 6 December, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited the Embassy of South Africa in Moscow, where he extended his sincere condolences on behalf of the Russian people and the Russian Government in connection with the death of Nelson Mandela, a great man, a prominent statesperson on a worldwide scale.

   Sergey Lavrov wrote a message in the Book of Condolence having emphasised that the entire life of Nelson Mandela was devoted to the fight for the freedom of his country and for every South African, but that his main weapon was his spiritual strength, power of persuasion and high morals. He also extended his sympathy to Nelson Mandela’s family and friends, and to all the South African people

At South Africa’s initiative, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of South Africa Jacob Zuma.

   The President noted the balanced line South Africa has taken on various aspects of the situation in Ukraine and the results of the referendum in Crimea.

   Mr Putin and Mr Zuma discussed a number of current matters concerning development of the two countries’ bilateral relations and strategic partnership, and agreed to continue their contacts. Mr Zuma confirmed that he has accepted an invitation to visit Russia.

Vladimir Putin will hold talks on August 28 with President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, who is in Russia on a working visit.

   Ahead of the Mixed Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation meeting in November, the two leaders will discuss opportunities for developing the strategic partnership between Russia and South Africa. The main subjects of discussion will include expanding bilateral investment ties and increasing bilateral trade, in particular through increasing imports of agricultural produce from South Africa. The talks will focus in particular on multilateral cooperation within the BRICS group and implementation of the decisions reached at the BRICS summit in Brazil in July.

  The two presidents will also exchange views on a number of current international and regional issues.

Vladimir Putin held talks with President of the South African Republic Jacob Zuma, who is in Russia on a working visit.

   The discussion focussed on bilateral relations and cooperation on the international arena, particularly within BRICS.

   PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Mr President, It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Moscow. I am happy to note that our relations are developing successfully. We maintain regular contacts both at the top level and in our working relations. We are developing both bilateral and multilateral ties – I am referring primarily to our cooperation within BRICS. I greatly appreciate this opportunity to meet with you in Russia. Thank you for accepting our invitation.

   PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA JACOB ZUMA: Thank you very much, Mr President, for your warm welcome. I have been received very warmly in Moscow. I am also very happy that our relations are developing very steadily and very surely. I am also happy with the direction that we have set, as are many of my colleagues. As for our relations, particularly in the economic area, I think they are moving forward very well. I appreciate that we have this opportunity to discuss some of the international issues as well. I agree too that BRICS has opened up a bigger place for our relations, and they are very meaningful on a number of issues. So I am pleased that I am once again here and have an opportunity to exchange views on different issues.

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