25 August 201710:51

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, Moscow, August 25, 2017


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Madam Minister,


It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Moscow. As you have already said, in early August we met in Manila. Today we will resume out dialogue in the capital of Russia.

We appreciate the high level of our ties with the Republic of Korea. We also reaffirm our resolve to promote cooperation in many areas so as to be able to boost the entire package of our relations to a higher level.

Moscow and Seoul maintain sustainable political dialogue. The meeting between our presidents on the sidelines of the G20 summit held in Hamburg, Germany, carried special significance. In ten days, they will meet again within the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

Relations between our parliaments are developing. In addition to bilateral contacts between the heads of parliament houses of Russia and the Republic of Korea, our MPs have advanced the initiative of holding regular meetings of parliament speakers from Eurasian countries. The first such meeting was held in South Korea, and the second meeting was held in Russia.

We are willing to step up ties between our governments, ministries and agencies and to facilitate the effective operation of the Russian-Korean Joint Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, which will convene for a regular meeting in Vladivostok on September 4, ahead of the Russian-Korean summit.

We maintain far-flung humanitarian and educational contacts and have a wide programme of cultural exchanges. We are willing to further improve them.

Our meeting today is yet another opportunity to hold an in-depth exchange of opinions on international and regional questions and to discuss the key issues on the UN agenda and the situation on the Korean Peninsula, an issue that is of special concern to South Korea and Russia, for obvious reasons.

Once again, welcome to Moscow.

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