3 April 201414:50

Welcome speech by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addressed to participants and guests at the V North Dimension Forum

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I cordially welcome participants and guests to the V anniversary of the North Dimension Forum.

Over the last few years, the Forum has been established as anarena that isin demand for the exchange of opinions on topical issues of regional development. Such work, which is targeted at the resolution of joint vital problems, is expected to contribute to the preservation of stability and the establishment of values of equal and mutually beneficial cooperation in the European continent. The active participation of all those interested in the reinforcement of the atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding in the region – the participation of representatives of business circles, state power bodies and the civil community – is the ticket to success here.

Your meeting focuses on a wide range of problems with an emphasis on the problems of competition, including through the building-up of partnerships between the state and business. The Business Council of the North Dimension plays an important role in these joint efforts and makes a noticeable contribution to the increase of efficiency of regional interaction.

I wish you fruitful work and all the best.

SERGEY LAVROV

Moscow, 3 April 2014

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