President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President,
Allow me to welcome you once again.
Russia and Mauritius maintain relations of friendship and cooperation. Last year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of these relations. Our ministries and departments conduct active dialogue.
This year the head of the counter-terrorism unit took part in the 10th international meeting of high representatives that are in charge of these activities. At today’s two sessions, we spoke at length about fighting terrorism, and I believe such cooperation between our secret services is very important for everyone.
We are grateful to your country for its active work with the Russian Foreign Ministry at international venues, and we certainly welcome Mauritius’ active role in African affairs.
We have issues linked with our business interests, for instance, in fishing. We also have other common interests.
I am very delighted to speak with you on the sidelines of our forum today.
Acting President of Mauritius Paramasivum Vyapoory: Thank you very much, President. Concerning terrorism, we have to inform you that we have voted laws, we have the Prevention of Terrorism Act, so we are very conscious of the dangers and we are putting in place all control measures.
I would come back to some of the main issues that I raised earlier today. First, of course, thank you for welcoming us to this beautiful city of Sochi to attend this great summit. We mentioned this earlier today that we appreciate the support of Russia in our claim for our sovereignty on Chagos, but it’s not over yet. The UK has been given a deadline up till 22nd of November to leave the territory, so that we, Mauritians, can get back its territory. We appreciate that Russia’s regard for the rule of law.