Official website of the Russian Embassy in Jamaica
Tuesday, 22-10-2019
Official website of the Russian Embassy in Jamaica
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Address: 22 Norbrook Drive, Kingston 8, Jamaica
Phone: +1 (876) 924-1048 fax: +1 (876) 925-8290
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E-mail: russianembassyjamaica@gmail.com

 
Speech by Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov during a joint press conference following talks with Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade K. Johnson Smith, Moscow, July 16, 2019
16/07/2019

Dear Ladies and gentlemen,

 

We had good negotiations in a very constructive and friendly atmosphere.

 

We discussed topical issues of bilateral relations and the international agenda. Particular attention was paid to the situation in the integration associations of Latin America and the Caribbean, relations between these structures and the Russian Federation.

 

We talked, of course, about Venezuela. We are interested in the Government and the Opposition agreeing on a way out of the current crisis as soon as possible. We welcome those negotiations that are going on within the framework of the Oslo Process.

 

In the Russian Federation, we are pleased with the way our relations with Jamaica are developing. We confirmed our mutual intention to maintain a political dialogue, including regular meetings of the heads of foreign ministries. This opportunity is annually available on the margins of the UN General Assembly. There is an understanding to make more active use of the mechanism of inter-MFA consultations, which exists, but is not used as often as we would like. The last consultations were in 2015 in Kingston. We asked our colleagues to give us convenient dates for the next round, which we would like to hold in the Russian Federation.

 

We talked about the speed up of a number of draft treaties and agreements that are in the work and that would strengthen our juridical base.

 

We talked about economic cooperation. This is the backbone of our interaction. In a positive way, we noted the work of the Russian company UC RUSAL, one of the largest bauxite and alumina production in the Jamaican market. For over a decade, it has been making a significant contribution to the development of the island’s economy, not only in the aluminum industry, but also in the livestock sector. Our colleagues at today's talks confirmed their interest in resolving issues that would allow this company to invest more actively in the economy of Jamaica.

 

We have good potential for the implementation of new projects in the field of economy, investment, education and culture. Since November last year, the Intergovernmental Agreement has been in force on the conditions for the refusal of visa formalities for mutual trips of citizens. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, K. Johnson Smith, signed it in September last year in New York, and it very quickly entered into force, proving that it is a good incentive for expanding tourist ties, business, educational and humanitarian exchanges. The number of Russian citizens visiting Jamaica increased significantly after this Agreement came into force. I am convinced that Jamaica will become one of the most attractive destinations for Russian tourists in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

We welcome the participation of Jamaica’s specialists in professional training programs for law enforcement agencies in the training centers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, both in our country and in Latin America, where there are regional refresher courses. We also drew attention to the opportunities that exist in the Regional Russian-Cuban Center for Training Specialists in the Fire and Rescue Profile, which is located in Havana. They said that it should be used more actively by all countries of the region. At the same time, we reaffirmed our invitation to Jamaican diplomats to attend special courses of our Diplomatic Academy for employees of Latin American foreign ministries in Russia.

 

We also discussed the prospects for the continuation of our foreign policy cooperation, including the UN site. Our colleagues traditionally support the main initiatives that the Russian Federation is promoting within the framework of the UN. These are issues relating to the inadmissibility of the glorification of Nazism, the task of avoiding an arms race in space, the development of cooperation to build confidence in outer space, information security, and the fight against cybercrime. All these initiatives of the Russian Federation are supported by our Jamaican colleagues.

 

On the whole, our negotiations, I can state it boldly, stressed that Jamaica is a promising partner of Russia in the Caribbean subregion. We hope for the further development of Russian-Jamaican relations, the continuation of our relations, which are built on the basis of friendship, mutual consideration of interests and pragmatism. Next year, diplomatic relations will turn 45 years old. With the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, K. Johnson Smith, we agreed to commemorate this anniversary properly.

 

 

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