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Valentina Matviyenko: Russian-Japanese interparliamentary dialogue is to strengthen relations between the people of our countries

The Speaker of the Federation Council met with the President of the House of Councillors of the Japanese Diet.


Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko met with President of the House of Councillors of the Japanese Diet Chuichi Date. The meeting was attended by Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Iliyas Umakhanov, Chair of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs and Chair of the Advisory Council on the Promotion of Russian-Japanese Interparliamentary and Interregional Cooperation Konstantin Kosachev, Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy and member of the same Advisory Council Dmitry Mezentsev, member of the Federation Council Committee on the House Rules and Parliamentary Governance, Chief of the Group on Cooperation between the Federation Council and the House of Councillors of the Japanese Diet Viktor Ozerov, member of the Federation Council Committee on the House Rules and Parliamentary Governance and member of the Group on Cooperation between the Federation Council and the House of Councillors of the Japanese Diet Boris Nevzorov.

“Russian-Japanese relations are in the stage of active development, Matviyenko said as she expressed confidence in the fact that Chuichi Date’s visit will give a powerful impetus in all areas of Russian-Japanese relations, including interparliamentary cooperation.

Matviyenko praised the parliamentarians’ contribution to the planning and implementation of the Year of Japan in Russia and the Year of Russia in Japan in 2018.

Valentina Matviyenko meets President of the House of Councillors of the Japanese Diet Chuichi Date

“The Federation Council contributed to the development of this large project. We established the Advisory Council on the Promotion of Russian-Japanese Interparliamentary and Interregional Cooperation by analogy to the Japan-Russia Discussion Club at the House of Councillors of the Japanese Diet. This mechanism is very effective,” Matviyenko said.

She also noted that the Russian-Japanese interparliamentary dialogue would help strengthen relations between the peoples of the two countries.

Chuichi Date also said he was confident that the Japanese delegation’s visit to Russia and the talks at the Federation Council would contribute to strengthening Russian-Japanese cooperation.

He expressed appreciation for the number of interparliamentary contacts emphasising that the Advisory Council and the Japan-Russia Discussion Club were guiding such developments.

The parties discussed developing interparliamentary relations and the prospects for cooperation between the two countries.

Chuichi Date expressed interest in the development of cooperation, including work in the humanitarian sphere.

They also discussed a number of other matters of bilateral relations.

One of the most important subjects was interregional cooperation. Matviyenko said the upper houses of the two parliaments can aid the development of interregional connections.