Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Senior Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia Prak Sokhonn, Moscow, August 24, 2017

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Mr Minister,

Friends,

We are glad to welcome you to Russia once again.

I recall with satisfaction our meetings on the sidelines of the Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi in May last year, and also in October last year, when you were visiting Moscow, as well as our joint participation just recently in ministerial events within the ASEAN framework in Manila.

Certainly, today’s visit is a good opportunity for us to touch base with respect to the current state of our bilateral ties and cooperation in international and regional affairs. Cambodia is our long-standing partner: last year our countries celebrated the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

We have close or identical views on international problems and the issues of the world order in general. We respect the right of any nation to choose its development paths on its own. This lays a solid foundation for our cooperation in the UN, the Asian-Pacific region and at other international platforms.

I suggest that we discuss all these matters today in keeping with the agreements that were reached in Sochi in May 2016 during a meeting between President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen.     

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