Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at the meeting with Foreign Minister of Indonesia Retno Marsudi, Jakarta, August 9, 2017


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Minister Retno Marsudi,


I am very pleased to be here at your invitation. We spent a couple of days in Manila, where we all attended the ASEAN events, which were a big success. We want to promote our very good relations with Indonesia further.

The presidents of Russia and Indonesia met in May 2016 in Sochi. It was a very productive meeting. The two leaders reached agreements on many issues, and implementing them would mean that we will be taking our relations to the level of strategic partnership. We want to do this fast both bilaterally and at the international level. I am referring here to many areas of our cooperation. The situation in the world requires proactive efforts of all players, and naturally, Indonesia and Russia will not remain on the sidelines of these discussions.

Thank you very much for your invitation.

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