Russian Foreign Affairs Minister expected in Namibia next week

02 Mar 2018 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 02 MAR (NAMPA) – Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov is expected to pay a three-day official visit to Namibia from Monday to Wednesday.
A media statement issued by the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation Thursday said the purpose of the visit is to exchange views on a wide range of bilateral and international issues of mutual interest.
During his visit, Lavrov will hold bilateral talks with line Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, after which he will also pay a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob.
Namibia and Russia’s relations date back to Namibia’s pre-independence era.
Bilateral cooperation exists through the Namibian-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation established in July 2006 under the framework of the agreement signed on 18 July 2005.
Permanent Secretary (PS) in the same ministry, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, who issued the statement, said the inter-governmental commission has since inception held seven sessions, with the last one being hosted in Windhoek in November last year.
The eighth session is scheduled to take place in Moscow this year.
“Through the inter-governmental commission, the two countries have concluded bilateral instruments in sectors such as health, education, defence and security, mines and energy, trade and investments, fisheries as well as tourism,” she said.
The PS added that the two countries wish to expand their cooperation in both new and existing sectors of mining energy, justice, wildlife protection and national parks management.
Lavrov has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2004.