Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, Moscow, May 30, 2017
I am happy to welcome you and your delegation to the Russian Federation.
I would like to start by congratulating you and all of our Nigerian friends on Democracy Day, which you marked yesterday. We wish you further success in securing sustainable development for your country.
We very much appreciate our traditionally friendly relationship and consider the Federal Republic of Nigeria to be a promising partner of the Russian Federation. We are set to further develop our political dialogue, expand cooperation in trade, as well as in economic and investment activities and remain committed to coordinating our actions on the majority of issues on the international agenda.
We invariably engage in confidential exchanges of views at the UN and other international forums and try to be mindful of each other’s positions to the best of our abilities. Today, in addition to a discussion of bilateral and international issues, we’re looking forward to hearing your view of the situation in Africa, primarily in the context of likely prospects for reaching a settlement in the numerous conflicts, which, regretably, continue to simmer on the continent.
Welcome once again.