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DENPASAR (Bali, Indonesia), October 7 (Itar-Tass) - Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum have gathered for a summit in Denpasar, Indonesia. In his opening speech, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono thanked the delegates for accepting the invitation. He also announced the agenda of the current and forthcoming sessions, including two working breakfasts during which the leaders were expected to discuss urgent issues. After that, the session will continue behind the closed doors.
Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said that the first working meeting was devoted to APEC’s role in strengthening regional economy and a multilateral trading system in the context of preparation for the WTO ministerial conference slated for December.
Russian President Vladimir Putin who arrived in Denpasar earlier on Monday is expected to deliver a speech on results of the recent G-20 summit held in St. Petersburg last September.
Putin will have a separate meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and deliver a speech at the APEC business summit on new sources of sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. The Russian president will also meet Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe and possibly Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
The Indonesian president will give a reception in honor of the APEC leaders later on Monday.
Ushakov said that apart from economy, the forum is expected to discuss the Syrian problem. However, the Russian delegation does not expect any new initiatives on the Syrian settlement.