Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Opening remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Beijing, 9 November 2014
Sergey Lavrov (after Mr Wang Yi): Mr Minister, dear friend, thank you very much.
We are sincerely grateful for this opportunity to discuss important issues of bilateral and international relations, especially considering that our Chinese friends are busy preparing for the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. We believe that it will be a success, and we also share your optimism regarding the bilateral meeting between our leaders. It will be the fifth summit meeting this year. We maintain energetic ties in other formats too, including meetings between the heads of government and parliament speakers.
I hope that today we will discuss ongoing cooperation between our foreign ministers, taking into account the role of our strategic partnership in international affairs.
Thank you again for this opportunity.