Russia supports increasing ASEAN's global influence

Politics 12/26/2016, 6:13 PM
Russia supports increasing ASEAN's global influence

Russia is committed to expanding the role and influence of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the international arena and in the Asia Pacific region, the country's foreign ministry said on Monday, according to TASS. The comments came after the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution on co-operation between the UN and ASEAN, which was co-initiated by Russia.

The body expressed its decision to strengthen co-operation with ASEAN countries in such priority areas as maintaining global and regional stability, counteracting terrorism, and ensuring sustainable development. In that regard, the adoption of the resolution testifies to the growing influence of ASEAN on the global arena, as well as to its increasing role in Asia Pacific affairs, the ministry explained. Russia, on its part, intends to continue efforts to establish comprehensive ties between the organization and leading multilateral associations consistent with agreements reached at the Sochi Russia-ASEAN summit in May this year, the body added.

The ASEAN was founded on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, and initially included Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. It was later joined by Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.


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