27 March / 2018

On the participation of the Russian delegation in the activities within the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Mauritius

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Russian-Mauritian diplomatic relations and the opening of the Russian cultural week the Russian delegation visited Mauritius from 25 to 28 of March 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) Mrs. Svetlana Zhurova, the Director of the African Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mr. Andrei Kemarskiy and the Vice-Rector for International Affairs of the People’s Friendship University of Russia Mrs. Larisa Efremova.

Russian representatives took part in the official reception organized on this remarkable occasion by the Russian Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of the Republic of Mauritius. During the reception the members of the delegation had a brief conversation with the acting President of Mauritius H.E. Mr. P. Vyapoory and other high level officials present at the event. Representatives of the Mauritian political authorities transferred their most sincere congratulations on the occasion of the re-election of H.E. Mr. V. Putin on the post of the President of the Russian Federation.

During her stay, Mrs. S. Zhurova met the Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius Mrs. S.B. Hanoomanjee. In the course of the meeting the parties discussed possible ways of establishing contacts between parliaments of the both countries as well as the cooperation between Russian and Mauritian delegations within the framework of international parliamentary forums.

Mrs. Zhurova and Mr. Kemarskiy were received by the Hon. Minister of International Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of the Republic of Mauritius Mr. S. Lutchmeenaraidoo. During the conversation the accent was made on the historically friendly relations between Russia and Mauritius, common attitude regarding the main international issues and the readiness to promote the mutually beneficial ties in various fields.

The consultations between Mr. Kemarskiy and the Secretary for Foreign Affairs Mrs. Dwarka Canabady along with representatives of different departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade and other state authorities and institutions. The parties discussed matters of coordination of efforts between the two countries in such UN fields as the fight against terrorism, extremism and transboundary crime. The special attention was attracted to perspectives of cooperation within the framework of regional integrational organizations (SADC, IOC etc.). The basic ways of collaboration on the commercial economic sphere were also discussed. It was outlined, that its volume does not correspond to the traditional high level of the existing political contacts. In this regard, the attention was focused on ways to promote cooperation in the fields of commerce and innovation, banking, high technologies including communications, tourism, education, culture etc.

During her stay, Mrs. Larisa Efremova had several meetings in the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research and in the University of Mauritius. The Mauritian party expressed its gratitude on the support in training national staff rendered by the Soviet Union and Russia during 50 years of bilateral relations. Mrs. Efremova and Vice-Rector of the University of Mauritius Mr. D. Jhurry agreed to prepare an agreement on collaboration between the two universities. Her meeting with the members of the Mauritian-Russian Association of Friendship that was established by Mauritian graduates from Soviet and Russian universities (including People’s Friendship University, the eldest member graduated in 1966) turned out bright and memorable.

The main result of the visit of the Russian delegation – the Russian Federation and the Republic of Mauritius always were and continue to be traditionally friendly states interested in the further development of the whole complex of bilateral relations, maintaining close collaboration on the international arena on actual African and global issues.