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Russia, ASEAN call for strengthening trade, economic, investment cooperation

July 01, 2013, 16:41 UTC+3

The meeting in Brunei focused on the strengthening of partnership between Russia and the 10 ASEAN countries

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MOSCOW, July 1 (Itar-Tass) - Russia and ASEAN call for strengthening trade, economic and investment cooperation, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on the results of the meeting in Brunei.

“The meeting focused on the strengthening of partnership between Russia and the 10 ASEAN countries. The parties considered the implementation of the plan of action on the development of cooperation till 2015. They stressed the need to promote trade, economic and investment cooperation in compliance with the roadmap, which had been coordinated in 2012,” the ministry said.

The participants in the meeting said it is necessary to step up carrying out joint steps in the energy sector, science and technology, agriculture and emergency response. “We discussed the efforts to improve the transport, information and communication infrastructure,” the ministry said.

“During the meeting, Russia and the 10 ASEAN countries confirmed the commonness of positions on or close approaches towards key global and regional issues. Special attention was riveted to the formation of the architecture of reliable security and sustainable development in the Asia Pacific Region. The meeting focused on the situation on the Korean Peninsula, in Afghanistan and the Middle East, especially in Syria,” the Russian ministry said.

ASEAN involves 10 member-countries - Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.

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