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    Russia, Brunei Sign Agreement on Visa-Free Travels

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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Lim Jock Seng have signed an agreement on the exemption of visa regime for holders of ordinary passports, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

    DA NANG (Vietnam) (Sputnik) — "It will be a very good thing that our citizens will be able to travel to each other without formalities… It is important for our relations,"  Sergey Lavrov said at their bilateral meeting in Vietnam’s Da Nang.

    In 2016, Russia and Brunei agreed to step up work on the creation of a joint investment fund as well as on cooperation in the areas of energy and defense. The Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah noted that these steps would facilitate the implementation of an agreement on easing the visa regime and promote the development of tourism between the two countries.

    (File) Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on January 17, 2017 and U.S. President Donald Trump seen at a reception ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 20, 2017, as seen in this combination photo
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    From November 6-11, the Vietnamese coastal city of Da Nang is hosting the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, bringing together high-level delegations from the APEC member states. The Economic Leaders’ Week is considered to be one of the main events of Vietnam's APEC 2017 presidency that sums up its efforts throughout the whole year.

    APEC is a trade bloc, and according to 2015 data its member nations account for approximately 59 percent of the world's GDP and 49 percent of world trade. Established in 1989, APEC includes 21 members — namely Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.

    The 2017 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week began on Monday and is expected to last through Saturday.


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