JAKARTA, 10 August 2017 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reaffirmed Russia’s commitment to strengthen and deepen its partnership with ASEAN with a view to elevating it to a new height. This message was conveyed at the meeting with the Secretary-General of ASEAN Le Luong Minh during Minister Lavrov’s visit to the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday.

Minister Lavrov stressed that Russia is exerting its utmost efforts to implement all decisions and initiatives of the Commemorative Summit in Sochi, Russia in May 2016 to mark the 20th Anniversary of ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Relations.

Secretary-General Minh underscored that ASEAN attaches great importance to its relations with Russia and stressed that ASEAN is committed to working closely with Russia to further strengthen the partnership.

Further, Secretary-General Minh welcomed the accreditation of the first dedicated Ambassador of the Russian Federation to ASEAN and the establishment of the Diplomatic Mission of the Russian Federation to ASEAN in Jakarta, which demonstrate Russia’s strong commitment to ASEAN-Russia ties.

Secretary-General Minh and Minister Lavrov recalled that ASEAN-Russia partnership and cooperation had expanded to cover three broad areas, namely political and security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation. The substantive outcomes of the ASEAN-Russia Ministerial Meeting held on 6 August 2017 in Manila reflect the commitment of both sides in working closely to further substantiate ASEAN-Russia relations. They recognised the untapped potentials for economic partnership between ASEAN and Russia.

Secretary-General Minh appreciated Russia’s support for ASEAN centrality in the evolving regional architecture. He conveyed that Russia’s continued active role in key ASEAN-led mechanisms such as ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus, ASEAN Regional Forum and East Asia Summit remain crucial for the promotion of peace, stability and security in the region.

Minister Lavrov and Secretary-General Minh also attended and delivered opening remarks at the Inaugural Ceremony of the Diplomatic Mission of the Russian Federation to ASEAN. Attending the ceremony were also Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Retno Marsudi, members of the diplomatic corps in Jakarta and high-ranking Indonesian officials, business and media representatives.