Bandar Seri Begawan, Thursday, 28th October 2021
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, this afternoon chaired the 4th ASEAN-Russia Summit to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Dialogue Relations. The Summit was held virtually via video conference from Baitul Mesyuarah, Istana Nurul Iman.
At the 4th ASEAN-Russia Summit, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam as ASEAN Chair for 2021 in his titah highlighted that this year ASEAN and Russia celebrate the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Relations, and that it also coincides with the 30th anniversary of Brunei-Russia bilateral relations.
Recognising the need to embrace and utilise new technologies to overcome challenges, His Majesty encouraged the exchange of expertise and best practices in innovation, science and technology to make people future-ready.
Aside from that, His Majesty also welcomed the designation of the year 2022 as the “ASEAN-Russia Year of Scientific and Technical Cooperation”.
His Majesty also noted that the pandemic has highlighted the need for all countries to work through multilateral processes in order to achieve common goals, and further noted that ASEAN-led processes have provided a platform for constructive engagement between countries.
Concluding his titah by expressing belief that ASEAN and Russia would build a solid and enduring partnership that would continue to grow in strength in the years to come.
Meanwhile, His Excellency Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation in his remarks emphasized that ASEAN-Russia relations are strategic in nature, demonstrated by accumulated experience in cooperation and agreements in political, economic, social and humanitarian spheres. Russia remains committed to promote mutually beneficial cooperation in the Asia Pacific; strengthen security and stability; and encourage trade.
His Excellency Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia then delivered the ASEAN Common Statement as Country Coordinator for ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Relations which promoted building a close and robust partnership to address common issues; encouraged trade and investment opportunities in the areas of food and agriculture, transport, energy, tourism and technology; and supported human resource developments in the region.
During the Summit, the Leaders supported the strengthening of ASEAN-Russia engagements in ensuring the effective implementation of post-pandemic recovery strategies. In this regard, Leaders encouraged the enhancement of cooperation in cybersecurity, maritime connectivity, digital technology, smart cities, science, technology and innovation, and disaster management. Leaders also welcomed Russia’s efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the distribution of the “Sputnik V” vaccine and training of health experts.
At the end of the Summit, the Statement of ASEAN and the Russian Federation on Cooperation on Cooperation against Illicit Drugs Trafficking; the Joint Statement of the 4th ASEAN-Russia Summit: Building a Peaceful, Stable and Sustainable Region; and the Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA) to Implement the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Russian Federation Strategic Partnership (2021-2025) were adopted.
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was founded on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries; Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined ASEAN on 7 January 1984