Date: Saturday, 01 September 2018
We are glad to welcome you to Sochi. We remember well our talks in Moscow one and a half years ago. Today, we hope to continue the conversation on all matters pertaining to our relations.
Today, we will also discuss foreign policy cooperation and bilateral relations, where it is necessary to build up the trade and economic component and to promote good humanitarian, educational and cultural contacts.
Of particular interest for us are your assessments of what is happening on the African continent, particularly in the Horn of Africa, where we have observed highly positive changes lately.
We undoubtedly would like to thank you for the close coordination of our approaches at the UN and other international venues, where our positions are identical or very close.
This year, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries. We have achieved a very high level of political cooperation and mutual understanding during this quarter of a century.
We set great store by the fact that in June 2014 you, Mr Minister, were the first among high-ranking foreign representatives to visit Crimea after the peninsula’s reunification with the Russian Federation. Since then, Eritrea’s ties with Crimea have been developing actively. A high-powered delegation of your country attended the Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF) and the Friends of Crimea Forum in April of this year. We cherish the traditions of friendship and relations that clearly meet with active support and keen interest on the part of the peoples of our two countries. We are interested in promoting our cooperation.