Russia and ASEAN organise first cultural ministerial meeting in Sochi. (Source: vestnikkavkaza.net)

Sochi (VNA) – Culture and arts ministers and officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Russian Federation identified priorities in cultural cooperation between the two sides during their first meeting in Sochi on May 19.

The event was held as part of the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN – Russia Commemorative Summit.

They issued a Joint Statement stressing the importance of boosting cooperation and encouraging exchanges of youth, music, stage, fine art, applied art, the movie industry, and tourism promotion.

The statement also underlined the need to create linkages in preservation, protection, renovation and use of relic sites, cultural heritages, and many other cultural fields.

Representing Vietnam, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Vuong Duy Bien addressed the meeting, saying culture has been in the spotlight in Vietnam-Russia cooperation.

In June, Vietnam and Russia will jointly hold Vietnam Culture Days in Russia, one of the activities to strengthen Vietnam-Russia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.-VNA