On August 4, Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov attended the meeting of the foreign ministers of the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the 25th session of the ASEAN Regional Forum on Security (ARF) member countries in Singapore.
The main focus was on the preparations for the 13th East Asia Summit to be held on November 15 in Singapore. The partners supported Russia’s initiative to adopt a statement on counteracting the threat posed by foreign militant terrorists in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The participants also discussed the practical implementation of the Manila Action Plan 2018-2022 in the field of energy, finance, education, healthcare, emergency response collaboration, coherence, food security and cooperation at sea.
The Russian delegation emphasised the importance of the strengthening of a world order based on equality and justice in the Asia-Pacific Region, the further development of a forum dialogue on forming a comprehensive, adequate to the current reality regional security architecture, as well as joining efforts in counteracting terrorism and other challenges, the promotion of integration efforts and the building of a free as well as open space without discrimination.
Participants in the ARF session discussed the practical interaction on providing security and enhancing trust measures in the Asia-Pacific Region. Russia and Indonesia will co-chair the Inter-Sessional Meetings on Terrorism Counteraction and Transnational Crime in 2018-2019. Participants also praised the first results of the ARF Inter-Sessional Meeting on ICT Security launched in 2017.
The Statement on Cooperation in Emergency Response and the Forum Action Plan for 2018-2019 were adopted.
Participants exchanged opinions on key international and regional matters, including the developments on the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea.
On the sidelines of the meetings, Igor Morgulov had a meeting with Director General for ASEAN Cooperation (Deputy Foreign Minister) of Indonesia Jose Antonio Morato Tavares, Deputy Foreign Minister of Laos Thongphane Savanphet, Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Singapore Chee Wee Kiong and Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong. The officials discussed current matters concerning bilateral relations, the Russia-ASEAN dialogue partnership, as well as interaction within the EAS, ARF and other multilateral associations in the Asia-Pacific Region.