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NEAR Delegation Visits Sakha Republic, Russia2018-07-17

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A delegation headed by NEAR Secretary-General Hong Jong-kyoung visited Sakha Republic, Russia from July 11 to 13, 2018. Talks were held with Interim Prime Minister Vladimir V. Solodov on Thursday, July 12, and confirmed plans to assume the next chairmanship. Furthermore, participation in NEAR activities for economic cooperation between Russian and Korean regional governments was discussed. Interim Prime Minister Solodov stated at the meeting that despite the changes in leadership, the Sakha Republic was willing to assume the next Chairmanship of NEAR and planned to attend the upcoming General Assembly to be held in Zhangjiajie in Hunan Province, China.


The meeting was also attended by Vassilyev Vladimir, the first vice-minister of foreign and national affairs and Eduard V. Klimov, the adviser to the head of the Republic of Sakha from the Russian side.


Prior to the meeting, a luncheon hosted by Stephanova Diana, vice-minister of foreign and national affairs was held to discuss further cooperation plans regarding the assumption of the chairmanship and for the dispatchment of seconded officials to the NEAR Secretariat. Taikonov Nikolai, representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry representative in the Republic of Sakha also attended the luncheon.