The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR hosted the 14th ASEAN-Russia Senior Officials’ Meeting on 29 March 2017 at Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane. The Meeting was co-chaired by His Excellency Thongphane SAVANPHET, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Laos’ ASEAN SOM Leader and His Excellency Igor V. Morgulov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and SOM Leader of the Russian Federation.
The Meeting reviewed the cooperation between ASEAN and Russia over the past year, especially in following up the outcomes of the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit to mark the 20th Anniversary of ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Relations held on 19-20 May 2016 in Sochi, Russia. In addition, the Meeting discussed priority areas for cooperation based on the recommendations of the ASEAN-Russia Eminent Persons Group and charted out future direction for ASEAN-Russia cooperation spanning across political-security, economic and socio-cultural areas through encouraging closer cooperation and coordination between the sectoral bodies of ASEAN and Russia to ensure the effective implementation of the ASEAN-Russia Comprehensive Plan of Action 2016-2020, aiming at elevating ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership to a strategic level in the future.
At the Meeting, representatives from ASEAN and Russiaalso discussed the preparation of the upcoming ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC)+1 Session with the Russian Federation to be held in August 2017 in the Philippines, and also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest and concern.
Lao PDR has currently assumed its three-year term of Country Coordinator for ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Relations, which will continue until August 2018.