ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Meeting identifies areas for further cooperation
During the meeting, Romulo also expressed the hope that Russia would be welcomed to the “broader East Asian family,” pointing out that ASEAN-Russia relations were significantly moving forward across all fronts.
“Our efforts to build an East Asian community cannot be complete without Russia – a great nation that is truly a part of the East Asian region – in spirit, in geography and in terms of depth and breadth of relations,” Romulo told his ASEAN counterparts during the Meeting.
ASEAN Foreign Ministers separately stressed during the Meeting Russia’s important role in the collective pursuit of greater peace, progress and prosperity in the East Asian region, said Romulo.
Russia’s contributions to regional security and stability, particularly as member of the Six-Party talks, were also recognized, Romulo added.
Lavrov, for his part, reaffirmed Russia’s commitment to broaden cooperation with ASEAN, particularly in the areas of fighting transnational crime, counterterrorism, energy, science and technology, tourism, culture and trade and investments.
To demonstrate Russia’s firm intent of deepening its engagement with ASEAN, Lavrov called for the “elaboration of a roadmap” to implement the ASEAN-Russia Economic Development Cooperation Agreement signed in 2006 in Kuala Lumpur.
According to Romulo, Lavrov even suggested the creation of a “checklist,” to which Vietnam reacted positively by stating that an identified set of clear deliverables would be most helpful.
“Minister Lavrov announced during the Meeting that Senior Officials of Russia dealing with ASEAN would be instructed to work in a more intense mode so that we move on all areas agreed upon during the 1st ASEAN-Russia Summit,” said Romulo.
Lavrov also expressed confidence in the forward moving directions of ASEAN-Russia relations and called for the implementation of agreed plans “consistently” and “on time,” said Romulo.
“Like Minister Lavrov, we believe ASEAN and Russia have good plans. And both ASEAN and Russia look forward to the holding of the next ASEAN-Russia Summit,” said Romulo. Office of the Press Secretary, Philippines