Outcome of the Russia–ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
(Hanoi, July 22, 2010)
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov took part in the Russia-ASEAN Annual Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi on July 22.
The main theme of the meeting was preparing for the upcoming second Russia-ASEAN summit in Vietnam in October. In principle, the ministers endorsed a draft of its final document – the Leaders’ Joint Statement – reflecting the common approaches of the parties to the formation of a security and cooperation architecture in the AP region and identifying the basic guidelines for developing the Russia-ASEAN dialogue. An agreement was reached to sign at the summit, an intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Culture.
The heads of the foreign affairs agencies discussed the state of and prospects for Russia-ASEAN cooperation, with emphasis on specific projects in such priority areas as energy, science and technology, emergency response, and tourism.
ASEAN welcomed the opening of the ASEAN Centre at MGIMO in June. The Russian side confirmed its readiness to join the practical implementation of the development programs for the Greater Mekong sub-region. It was also decided to develop a set of commemorative events to mark the 15th anniversary of the Russia-ASEAN dialogue in 2011.
The exchange of views confirmed the unchanging mindset of both parties to actively develop the dialogue partnership between Russia and ASEAN.