13 March 201812:27

Opening Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Retno Marsudi, Moscow, March 13, 2018


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Madam Minister,

Dear friends,

We are glad to welcome you in Moscow. We appreciate you accepting our invitation to pay a return visit to the Russian Federation after our meeting in Jakarta last August.

We have a very dynamic relationship in all areas. We are satisfied with the course of our political dialogue, including at the high and highest levels, with our trade and economic cooperation, as well as military technical and humanitarian exchanges. In general, we believe our relations are confidently approaching the level of strategic partnership.

We have stable relations between our two foreign ministries. We hold regular consultations on issues of mutual interest. We are certainly interested in discussing specific potential areas for joint activities in the UN and especially in the Asia-Pacific region, with Russia’s active participation in the work of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Today, we have a good opportunity for detailed talks on all bilateral issues, the international agenda and the problems of the Asia-Pacific region.

We once again express our gratitude to you for accepting our invitation.

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