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Russian lawmakers to attend ASEAN Parliamentary Assembly in Laos

September 19, 2014, 8:26 UTC+3 VIENTIANE

Russian parliamentarians have lately stepped up cooperation with countries in the Asia Pacific region

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Valentina Matviyenko

Valentina Matviyenko

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VIENTIANE, September 19. /ITAR-TASS/. A delegation of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, will visit Laos on Friday and attend the 35th General Assembly of the ASEAN Parliamentary Assembly, Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko said on Thursday.

“The Asia Pacific region is the most dynamic part of the world and home to 40% of the world’s population,” she told journalists ahead of the trip.

Matviyenko said parliamentarians have lately stepped up cooperation with countries in the region. “This is a significant factor in implementing socioeconomic programs and projects in Siberia, Trans-Baikal area and the Far East and a key condition for strategic stability and security in both the Asia Pacific region and the world as a whole,” she said.

During the visit, the delegation will hold meetings with Laotian top officials.

“Laos is a close and friendly country. We have a rich experience of cooperation but it is important to see how to balance and diversify our trade, expand investment cooperation and develop humanitarian ties,” she said.

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