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Russia asserts ties with Africa

11th February 2013
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Russian Ambassador to Tanzania, Alexander Rennikh

Russian Ambassador to Tanzania, Alexander Rennikh has reaffirmed his country’s commitment to widen ties with Africa in an effort to enhance sustainable development for the continent.

The envoy was addressing a reception held yesterday in Dar es Salaam at the ambassador’s residence to observe the Russian, Diplomats’ Day.

According to the envoy, Africa is playing an important role in the modern world and his country intends to actively participate in the concerted steps and that includes being part of the framework of the “Group of Eight” from the international community.

“Russia continues to occupy a leading position especially in writing off African debts…” said the diplomat and gave this example “…only last year 20 billion USD was signed off...”

Noting that the quota for state scholarships for Africa is increasing every year he observed that “…significant assistance to Africa is being provided particularly in education … more than eight thousand Africans are studying in Russia…”

Of the various courses that the said students take, it is notable that the Russian law enforcement schools also implement programmes to train peacekeepers and police officers from the continent. Also the courses of the Russian Interior Ministry schools have accepted over 160 professionals from 18 African countries in the recent years.

Modern diplomacy has become by far diverse and dynamic, requiring a wider range of knowledge in various fields such as environmental issues, climate change, fighting terrorism among many others and as such a new polycentric system of international relations is currently being shaped and that predetermines the growing role of diplomacy.

“Russia is trying hard to ensure the supremacy of law and democracy in international relations…” the ambassador went on “…our goal is to galvanise efforts to search for joint solutions for the challenging problems that we are all facing…” pledged the diplomat whose country is actually the accredited observer  of the East African Community.

Russia supports strengthening the role of the UN which has a universal mandate and generally recognized legitimacy in the most important issues in world politics and as the diplomat asserted, steps are being taken to strengthen ties between his country and the African Union (AU) as well as the sub-regional integration organisations such as Southern African Development Community (SADC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Intergovernmental Organisation for Development (IGAD).

Every February 10, Russia marks, Diplomats’ Day, which was established by a Presidential Decree in 2002 to commemorate the founding of the Russian Diplomatic Service in 1549.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN