WORKING VISIT OF YAB DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB BIN TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK, PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA TO SOCHI, RUSSIA

YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, will lead Malaysia’s delegation to the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit in Sochi, Russia from 19 to 20 May 2016. YAB Prime Minister will be accompanied by his wife, YABhg Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Sri Anifah Haji Aman, as well as officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit is held to commemorate 20 years of ASEAN-Russia dialogue relations. It also serves as a platform for the leaders of the ASEAN Member States and Russia to chart the future direction of the partnership.

During the Commemorative Summit, the leaders are expected to adopt the Sochi Declaration entitled ‘Moving Towards a Strategic Partership for Mutual Benefit’. The leaders will also take note of the Comprehensive Plan of Action (2016-2020) consisting of specific measures to strengthen relations over the next five years, and consider the report of the ASEAN-Russia Eminent Persons Group (AREPG), a report that contains proposals on the future direction of ASEAN-Russia relations.

The ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit will comprise of three sessions, namely: i) the plenary session, which will deliberate on global and regional issues as well as on ASEAN-Russia cooperation; ii) the meeting between the leaders with business representatives, which will discuss business opportunities between ASEAN and Russia; and iii) the working luncheon, which will focus on prospects for greater economic cooperation between Eurasia and Southeast Asia. The ASEAN-Russia Business Forum and the ASEAN-Russia Culture Ministers Meeting will take place at the sidelines of the Summit.

During the visit, YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak is also scheduled to meet with President Putin to discuss issues of mutual concern.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia