South African Republic considering consulate in Yekaterinburg
Mandisi Mpahlwa, the SAR's ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Russia, made the announcement at a meeting on Tuesday with Alexander Misharin, the governor of the Sverdlovsk region, Ural Business Consulting reports.
"The Urals are crucial to Russia's economy," Mpahlwa said, according to Ural Business Consulting. "So we have decided to make the necessary effort for us to be present in Yekaterinburg in this or that form. I would like to officially notify you that setting up the SAR's honorary consulate here is one of the options we are considering."
Misharin said that the regional authorities were also interested in additional cooperation to facilitate the opening of a diplomatic mission in Yekaterinburg. The two parities agreed that they would begin looking for a candidate for the honorary consulate in the near future.
The BRIC countries, which include Brazil, Russia, India and China, met for their first summit in Yekaterinburg in June 2009 in an effort to improve the global economic situation and to reform their financial institutions. After the summit, the countries stressed a need for a new global reserve currency. South Africa joined the countries in 2011 to create BRICS, APA reports.
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