Russia likely to remain East Asia Summit partner

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 10 Dec 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: Russia’s presence is likely to be a permanent feature in future East Asia Summits (EAS), said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar. 

“Member states welcome the presence of Russia at the EAS and convey their support for the presence of Russia in future summits,” he told reporters yesterday after the Asean ministerial meeting here. 

Russia had requested to be included in the forum.  

President Vladimir Putin will deliver a 15-minute address to the leaders and leave after that.  

There is a separate Asean-Russia summit to be held on Tuesday. 

EAS brings together the 10 Asean countries, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and India for the first time.  

A declaration will be issued at its conclusion.  

Asean Secretariat spokesman M.C. Abad told reporters earlier that there was no plan to include other countries in the EAS.  

“There were no discussions about further participation in the EAS,” he said after the Asean-China ministerial meeting.  

He was asked about China’s view on participation in the EAS and whether the 16-member forum should be open to more countries. 

“China has confirmed that the EAS will be important for specific dialogues and issues which affect the region,” he added. 

He also said that no change had been made to the EAS declaration. 

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