Published date27 May 2022
Publication titleASEAN Tribune

27 May 2022 (Republic of Philippines Department Of Foreign Affairs) Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for ASEAN Daniel R. Espiritu highlighted the need to build back better after the pandemic by enhancing trade and investment between ASEAN and Russia as he co-led with Singapore the discussions on ASEAN-Russia economic cooperation at the 18th ASEAN-Russia Senior Officials' Meeting (ARSOM) held on 23 May 2022 via video conference.

Emphasizing the importance of implementing the ASEAN-Russia Trade and Investment Cooperation Roadmap and Work Program 2021-2025, Assistant Secretary Espiritu noted the need for regional infrastructure as well as for ASEAN societies to keep up with the rapid changes in digitalization.

During the meeting, the senior officials of ASEAN Member States and Russia discussed and reviewed ongoing cooperation and the future direction of ASEAN-Russia dialogue relations across three pillars of cooperation, namely political-security, economic, and socio-cultural.

The meeting also exchanged views on regional and international issues. Assistant Secretary Espiritu joined the call to strongly urge the parties to the Ukraine-Russia conflict to exert all efforts for the cessation of hostilities, to de-escalate the situation, and continue serious dialogue and diplomacy to settle disputes. He further reiterated ASEAN's call for respect for principles to address the humanitarian crisis and safe access to humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.


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