Приветствие господина Онг Кенг Йонга, Генерального секретаря АСЕАН

Secretary General

International Economic Forum
"Russia — the Asia Pacific: Towards Strategic Economic Partnership and Civilization-to-Civilization dialogue" 9 October 2006, Moscow, Russia

Thank you for your letter of 21 August 2006. requesting for welcome words to be placed in the brochure and/or website of the above Forum.

I am pleased to provide you with welcome words, as below, for your kind reference and further action;

"Russia is an important player in Asia Pacific and a Dialogue Partner of ASEAN Over the years. ASEAN - Russia Dialogue Relations have grown significantly and expanded to cover political and security, as well as economic and functional cooperation. Russia has actively participated in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). which is a Forum to promote peace and security in the Asia Pacific region. The conclusion of the ASEAN - Russia Economic and Development Agreement will certainly increase the trade and investment flows between ASEAN and Russia. I believe that the International Economic Forum, which brings together participants from various backgrounds, such as the government authorities, private business inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as scholars, would provide the opportunity to exchange views and explore ways and means to further strengthen relations and cooperation between Russia and ASEAN, as well the countries in the Asia Pacific as a whole."

With best wishes, Sincerely,

Ong Keng Yong facsimile