Russia opens permanent presence in South-East Asia


August 9 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

RIA Novosti  – by Inessa Sinchougova

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has opened a permanent mission of the Russian Federation under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“The opening of our permanent mission confirms once again the priority of cooperation with ASEAN within the framework of our foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region, confirms our intention to further deepen the dialogue partnership with ASEAN, our commitment to bring this partnership to a strategic level and to give it a strategic character”

According to Lavrov, a high-level dialogue has been established with the leadership of ASEAN and with the leadership of the member countries of this Association. He noted that regular mechanisms of sectoral cooperation in the fields of energy, science and technology and agriculture are being formed.

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“The permanent mission will ensure the effective work of the joint Russia-ASEAN cooperation committee, secondly, and no less importantly, assist in developing the instruments of cooperation between the permanent representatives of the countries representing ASEAN,” the Russian Foreign Minister said.

He added that this aspect of the mission’s work is of particular importance due to the fact that just a couple of days ago at the Russia-ASEAN ministerial meeting an agreement was reached to provide on this site a regular dialogue on the improvement of the security architecture and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region on the basis of East Asian summits.

Currently there are about 20 initiatives in various fields, including information and communication technologies, food security, energy, education, transport.

Lavrov expressed the hope that the mission will also pay attention to the humanitarian and cultural spheres. “We are asking the new Russian office in ASEAN to promote the development of contacts between the ASEAN secretariat and the SCO secretariat, as well as between ASEAN and the EEA,” the Russian Foreign Minister noted.

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