Singapore: Lavrov praises ties with ASEAN during talks with Laotian FM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Laotian counterpart on the sidelines of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on Thursday. «"We view ASEAN countries and ASEAN as an organization as allies on the international arena. We note a central role of the Association in the regional affairs and will support this role. We are united by the common view of the... Еще modern poly-centric world order,» the Russian diplomat outlined. Laotian Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith in turn declared that «Russia has been an important partner of ASEAN. With its huge potential, Russia has a lot to contribute in years to come, in supporting ASEAN community and towards reaching peace and prosperity.» Russia is seeking to build closer ties with Southeast Asia, expanding co-operation in political, economic, social and cultural spheres. Discussions will also be held on strengthening links between ASEAN, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), both of which Russia is a member.

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