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16 June 201711:45

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Saleumxay Kommasith, Moscow, June 16, 2017

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Minister Kommasith,

Friends,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Russian Federation. We have maintained regular contact. Last year, we met twice – in May during the Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi and in July on the sidelines of ASEAN events in Vientiane. Now we are meeting in Moscow, the city of your alma mater.

Today we have a good opportunity to discuss the status of our bilateral relations pursuant to the agreements reached at the top level between our presidents and prime ministers. Additionally, we are interested in exchanging opinions on developing relations between Russia and ASEAN in the context of the agreements reached last year at the summit in Sochi.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for Laos’ active involvement as a coordinator of the Russia-ASEAN dialogue partnership.

Welcome!

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