26 March / 2018

On the official reception on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Mauritius

On the 26th of March in the hotel «Le Meridien» an official reception was held on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Mauritius and the launching of the Russian cultural week. The event was organized by the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Mauritius and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of the Republic of Mauritius.

H.E. Mr. B. Vyapoory, acting president of the Republic of Mauritius, Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of the Republic of Mauritius H.E. Mr. S. Lutchmeenaraidoo, Hon. Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Warfare H.E. Mr. Jadoo-Jaunbocus, Hon. Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment Mr. Cheong as well as heads and diplomats of several directorates of the Mauritian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, heads and members of diplomatic missions accredited to the Republic of Mauritius, Mauritian graduates of Soviet and Russian universities and Russian compatriots resident in Mauritius –all of them participated in this remarkable event.

The Russian delegation was represented by the First Deputy Chairman of the International Relations Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation (the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament) H.E. Mrs. Svetlana Zhurova, the Director of the African Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation H.E. Mr. Andrei Kemarskiy and the Vice-Rector for International Affairs of the People’s Friendship University of Russia Mrs. Larisa Efremova.

During the official reception, the Embassy of the Russian Federation launched a photo exhibition dedicated to the history of bilateral diplomatic relations between Russia and Mauritius. Photos of official political documents, bilateral agreements and important receptions that reflect our close, historically friendly relations were demonstrated to the high level officials and distinguished guests.

On the opening ceremony the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of the Republic of Mauritius H.E. Mr. S. Lutchmeenaraidoo and the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Mauritius H.E. Mr. K. Klimovskiy addressed to the public. The head of the Russian diplomatic mission described main directions of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation in Africa and the region of the Indian Ocean, stated the perspectives of bilateral diplomatic relations in various fields and expressed gratitude to the highest authorities of the Republic of Mauritius for supporting the Russian cultural week. The head of Mauritian diplomacy in his address shared his bright recollections of his official visit to Russia that was held in November 2017, when he met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation H.E. Mr. S. Lavrov.

The group of Russian artists «New Russian Quartet» that came to Mauritius to participate in the Russian cultural week due to the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Russian federal state-funded cultural institution «Rosconcert» and the Ministry of Arts and Culture of the Republic of Mauritius performed several compositions of P.Tchaikovsky, D.Shostakovich, I.Stravinsky, M.Mussorgsky.

After the concert a cocktail was held where the Russian party offered some national dishes and demonstrated traditional handmade souvenirs.

The Russian delegation members and the high-level officials of Mauritius talked a lot during the cocktail about the historical ties between our countries and discussed the ways to raise the mutually beneficial cooperation in different fields to a new level. Mauritian officials asked to deliver their sincere congratulations to Russian people on the reelection of H.E. Mr. V. Putin on the post of the President of the Russian Federation.

The event was held in a warm, friendly atmosphere.