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Russian foreign minister emphasises universal role of CELAC
Published on January 22, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

MOSCOW, Russia (ACN) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov highlighted in Moscow on Tuesday the importance of relations with Latin America and marked the weight of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as factor joining the region together.

Lavrov told Prensa Latina news agency that CELAC is the first universal organization in the region, which brings together all Latin American nations.

“We consider our relations with Latin America and the Caribbean important, and have done much in the practical and useful level in recent years,” the head of Russian diplomacy explained in responding at the annual press conference with domestic and foreign media.

He foresaw great prospects for Latin American integration, which harmonizes the process of complementarity of all regional states. A necessary process for all Latin American countries, he said.

“We are interested in working in that format, bilaterally, but also with other regional multilateral structures, and I think it may be of interest to other members,” Lavrov added.

He recalled the visit to Moscow by his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, last May, occasion when consultations were very helpful, he stressed.

Asked about the creation of a permanent consultation mechanism with the CELAC, Lavrov recalled that during the Troika meeting held in Moscow that initiative was analyzed.

“I hope that in the upcoming summit in Havana a decision is taken, and we start the work within that mechanism,” the minister said.

Lavrov spoke also of the Russian ties with other regional organizations such as UNASUR and the MERCOSUR, and endorsed Moscow's willingness to prepare a memorandum of interaction with the Central American Integration System (SICA).

He characterized Latin America not only as an attractive region for foreign partners, but also a growing area with strong aspirations for independence, not very common today in international affairs, he said.
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