Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a ceremony on the occasion of Diplomats’ Day

Thursday, 08 February 2018 17:20

Colleagues, friends,

We are grateful to our guests and comrades for accepting our invitation.   I have the honour to declare this ceremony devoted to Diplomats’ Day open.

(Anthem of the Russian Federation)

 

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I would like to again express our gratitude to all those who have joined the Foreign Ministry staff and veterans on this occasion, including our colleagues from the Presidential Executive Office, the Government Executive Office, the Russian Security Council, ministries, agencies and other offices with which we maintain close and fruitful cooperation. My special thanks go to Valentina Matviyenko, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

I believe that the presence here of the people with whom we cooperate in a wide range of spheres is fresh evidence that professional solidarity is crucial for the successful achievement of the goals set by President of Russia Vladimir Putin in important sectors of foreign policy.

Time moves on inexorably. Over the past 12 months, several of our colleagues have passed away, some of them in the line of duty, such as Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, Ambassador to Sudan Mirgayas Shirinsky and Russia’s Permanent Representative to FAO and WFP Alexander Gorban. Let us honour their memory with a moment of silence.

 

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We have received many greetings on Diplomats’ Day. I would like to read out the message we have received from President Vladimir Putin.

 

“To the staff and veterans of the Foreign Ministry

Friends,

I would like to extend my most sincere greetings to you on your professional holiday, Diplomats’ Day.

There are many brilliant victories in the centuries-long history of Russian diplomacy and outstanding people who are the pride of the nation. The current Foreign Ministry staff continues to protect the country’s interests based on the good traditions of the past.

In the current complicated international situation and amid numerous problems, you are working hard to create favourable foreign policy conditions for Russia’s sustainable socioeconomic development and to protect the rights of Russian citizens and compatriots outside Russia.

The central apparatus and foreign offices of the Foreign Ministry are dealing with formidable challenges connected with the development of truly equitable and mutually beneficial cooperation with all our foreign partners. Our continued priorities are to uphold the UN’s key role in global affairs, to consolidate the international community in the fight against the terrorist threat and to strengthen the foundations of strategic stability and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The defeat of the main terrorist forces in Syria has created conditions for a peaceful settlement in that country, which the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi has confirmed. Of course, there is still much work ahead to resolve the Syrian crisis and several other regional conflicts.

It is vitally important to continue to promote the further development of mutually beneficial integration processes within the Eurasian Economic Union and to enhance the efficiency of multilateral cooperation organisations, which have been established with proactive contribution from Russia, such as BRICS, the SCO and the CSTO.

I hope that Russian diplomats will continue to work creatively and in earnest. Your achievements are certainly fostered by the broad support given to our foreign policy in Russian society.

I wholeheartedly wish success to the Foreign Ministry employees and health, long life and courage to the veterans.   

Vladimir Putin.”

 

To be continued...

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