Foreign Ministers Of Russia And New Zealand Advocate Cooperation Development

The foreign ministers of Russia and New Zealand spoke in favour of active development of cooperation between the two countries. Igor Ivanov, Russian Foreign Minister, made a statement to the effect on Monday, upon completion of talks in Moscow with Filipp Goff, Foreign Minister of New Zealand. In the course of the talks, the sides discussed disarmament and non-proliferation of mass destruction weapons, as well as the situation in the Middle East, in the Balkans and the Asia-Pacific region. The Russian minister stressed that the stances of the two countries on most of the issues coincide. In his turn, Filipp Goff announced that a consulate general of New Zealand will soon be opened in Vladivostok, a port in Russia's Far East. According to Mr. Goff, his country intends to develop close cooperation with Russia's Far Eastern region. The visiting minister also noted that Russia is an important partner to ASEAN countries.

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