The President of the Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, spoke at the plenary meeting of the State Duma. Earlier today, Chairman of the State Duma Viacheslav
Viaсheslav Viktoroviсh The Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the seventh convocation. He was elected as part of the federal list of candidates proposed by the All-Russian political party “United Russia” held a meeting with him.
At the beginning of his speech, Denis Sassou Nguesso thanked the Chairman of the State Duma on behalf of the Congolese people for the opportunity to address members of the State Duma. In particular, he noted that the citizens of the Republic of the Congo have the deepest respect for the people of the Russian Federation.
“For me, it is a great privilege to outline the panorama of friendly relations that bind the Russian Federation and the Republic of the Congo within these walls, imbued with the spirit of history and rich in historical symbols,” he added.
Denis Sassou Nguesso believes that a new impetus should be given to a long-term cooperation between the two countries.
“Here, within the walls of the State Duma, I can say that we are all the guarantors and active participants of these friendly relations and model cooperation,” said the President of the Republic of the Congo.
He noted the cooperation of the Republic of the Congo and Russia in the field of education and the role of the Russian Federation in the education and training of highly qualified personnel for his country.
“Our students received education at Russian universities and high schools that additionally contributed to the development of the socio-economic sectors of our country,” he said. “Thanks to the technical support missions carried out by Russia in the Congo, we have highly qualified personnel, and an invaluable pool of experts in various fields of activity has been formed,” said Denis Sassou Nguesso.
The President of the Republic of the Congo also stressed that young Congolese people are interested in the Russian language. For example, there are national Olympiads in the Russian language, which are very popular.
Moreover, Denis Sassou Nguesso noted that issues on the international agenda are the area where the similarity of the positions of Russia and the Congo reflects a high degree of trust between the countries.
In his speech, he also drew attention to the most important challenges faced by the state. In particular, he spoke about environmental issues such as climate change.
Denis Sassou Nguesso said that in this regard, the Republic of the Congo is making great efforts to preserve the ecosystem of the Congo Basin, as it is the second-largest “green lungs” of the planet after Amazonia. He also called on Russia to help preserve the ecosystem of a giant peat bog recently discovered in this country.
“Recently a tropical peat bog, the largest in the world with very huge hydrocarbon reserves in swampy place with a total area of 145 thousand square kilometers, has been discovered. This discovery should be the subject of international dialogue, should attract the entire international community. I want to appeal to the Russian Federation with a request to support our country in protecting this fragile ecosystem and to support the effective work of the program of our special climate commission for the Congo Basin,” he said
In conclusion, the President of the Republic of the Congo proposed to strengthen the mutual strategic partnership between Russia and the Congo and assist the Congo in the process of diversifying the economy in the interests and for the benefit of both countries.
“Today, Russia remains the most important player, a very active player, which undoubtedly participates in global governance in our common family of nations. And you can only be happy to have such a powerful strong friend like Russia on the international arena, of course. And I urge our friends from Russia to continue to strengthen our strategic partnership on mutually beneficial terms and assist the Congo in the process of diversifying our economy in the interests and for the benefits of our countries. Long live the friendship! Long live solidarity! And long live cooperation between the Congo and Russia,” concluded Denis Sassou Nguesso.
Earlier, at the plenary meetings of the State Duma of the 7th convocation, President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon, Speaker of the Lower House of the Parliament of India Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrej Danko, President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, Chairwoman of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojković, President of the National Council of the Republic of Austria Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Italian Republic Roberto Fico, and President of the Republic of Angola João Lourenço gave their speeches.