Política 26-11-2018

The Dominican Republic recognizes the political weight of Russia

The Dominican Foreign Minister, Miguel Vargas, highlighted the political weight of Russia during his visit to Moscow.

"Our country recognizes its political [Russia's] weight in the multilateral sphere and its outstanding economic development," he said after meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

Vargas stressed: "This meeting demonstrates the importance and commitment of both countries to achieve common goals as the strategic partners that we are, always in a framework of mutual respect."

At the same time, he noted that, for its part, "the Dominican Republic has managed to position itself in international, regional and subregional organizations as a trustworthy country that believes in dialogue and advocates for a global integration that has as its goal inclusive and sustainable development".

Vargas added that the Dominican Republic is grateful to Russia for supporting its candidacy for a non-permanent member of the Security Council.

"I thank you again, Mr. Lavrov, and I take advantage of this scenario, for your support of our candidacy as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council," he said.

Vargas stressed that "we assume in January not only as a non-permanent member, but we assume the presidency of the Council in this month of January."

"And our purpose is to work on the Council's common agenda, especially in international peace and security," he said.

According to Vargas, the work in the Security Council "represents great opportunities for the Dominican Republic and for the region, since we are going to be a spokesperson for it."

The foreign minister explained that "we are part of the need to democratize a little, expand what is the participation of developing countries."

He added that his country will also give priority to climate change, which is "an issue of great importance and importance," because of "the vulnerability of our Caribbean countries to natural phenomena, which are more intense and frequent every year."

"Within the general theme, we are also going to emphasize women and youth, which is a transversal issue of security," he said.

For his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared that Russia plans to cooperate closely with the Dominican Republic while that country exercises as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

"In the international agenda, our collaboration will become increasingly narrow due to the fact that the Dominican Republic has been elected a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council," said the foreign minister during a meeting with his Dominican counterpart, Miguel Vargas.

The head of Russian diplomacy said that Moscow intends to cooperate fully with Santo Domingo in different areas.

"Our relations are developed at the level of political dialogue within the framework of interministerial contacts and at the level of institutions in the spheres of education, culture, humanitarian and tourism," he said.

Lavrov stressed that there are favorable premises also for the development of economic cooperation.