Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG)
Participation of the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, in the third session of the strategic dialogue between Russia and the CCASG
On 19th February, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, participated in the third ministerial session of the strategic dialogue between Russia and the Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG).
In his speech, Sergey Lavrov commented that Russia is always interested in improving multilateral ties with CCASG member states. Such multi-profile bilateral and multilateral interaction with the Co-operation Council is consistent with Russia's long-term interests, and contributes to the strengthening of understanding between Russia and the Arab-Muslim world.
The profound interactive political dialogue in Kuwait City touched upon the most complicated issues in the Middle East region. The ministers held intense discussion of the development of the situation in Syria, including the humanitarian aspects, and the work that the international community is currently conducting for the purpose of settling the most complicated crisis in the SAR as soon as possible. Also reviewed were prospects of the Palestinian-Israeli negotiation process, the course of the implementation of recent Geneva agreements on Iran's Nuclear Programme, the situation in Iraq, and issues related to further development of the concept of collective security in the Gulf region after these were proposed by Russia.
Participants of the meeting emphasised that contacts between Russia and the CCASG are expected to contribute ameliorated multilateral co-ordination in the domains of counteracting transnational terrorism and regional extremism, the establishment of dialogue between civilisations, and the development of joint steps for the neutralisation of new threats and challenges in the region.
The development of Russian trade, economic and investment co-operation with Gulf countries has become one of the priorities of the strategic dialogue. The ministers emphasised in their speeches that, at this stage, the main task is to ensure fast and sustainable extension of mutually beneficial ties, especially in those areas where Russia and CCASG members are able to maximise the existing interaction potential and complement each other's opportunities. Oil and gas, energy, transport infrastructure, and implementation of state-of-the-art Russian technologies (for the following purposes: the peaceful use of nuclear energy, space exploration, tourism, cultural and humanitarian interests) were highlighted as the most prospective areas of co-operation.
20th February 2014