Sochi Plan of Action welcomed

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THE heads of state and government of the member states of the Associations of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Russian Federation have released the Sochi Declaration at the end of the ASEAN-Russian Federation Commemorative Summit to Mark the 20th Anniversary of the ASEAN-Russian Federation partnership.
These heads of state and government have recognised the achievements of their countries in a wide range of areas, including political, security, trade and economics, culture, people-to-people exchange and development cooperation. In this era, the world is changing fast, and there is an increased tendency toward multipolarity. Regional security is evolving in an open, transparent, inclusive and rule-based manner. The establishment of the ASEAN community is welcomed by the international community, and Russian Federation and ASEAN have reaffirmed their commitment to build stronger, deeper and mutually beneficial relations in order to ensure regional peace, stability and prosperity.
From among over four dozen resolutions passed at the Sochi summit, there are commitments to cooperate between ASEAN and the Russian Federation concerning narrowing the development gap and connectivity. Russia’s support for ASEAN’s effort to bridge the development gap within and between ASEAN member states is welcomed as appropriate.
According to the Sochi Declaration, Russia’s support includes the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) and the promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic growth as stipulated in the IAI Work Plan II and its successor document. Concerning ASEAN connectivity, the declaration involves a commitment to explore ways to cooperate on ASEAN connectivity in line with the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) and its successor document, as well as to promote enhanced connectivity between ASEAN and Russia, including more effective transport links and closer people-to-people ties.
In this regard, The Global New Light of Myanmar welcomes the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan of Action to promote cooperation between ASEAN and the Russian Federation (2016-2020) and to task relevant authorities to oversee its implementation in several sectors through appropriate ASEAN-Russia mechanisms.

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