Among the participants were the employees of the institute, specialists from Singapore and other Asian countries on the Middle East, representatives of the diplomatic community. Russia's policy in Syria has especially raised a lot of questions from the audience. “Moscow is interested in the Syrian crisis’ ending and is doing everything to make it happen as soon as possible,” said in her speech E. Suponina, citing the example of Russia's efforts to reconcile the parties during the negotiation process in Astana. In lecturer’s opinion, the experience of joint mediation of Russia, Turkey, and Iran with active organizational and diplomatic assistance of Kazakhstan is unique.
Singapore Institute’s leadership, in its turn, acquainted Dr E. Suponina with the position of Singapore on a number of issues in the Middle East (information on the event can also be found on the website of the Singapore Institute). The views of the parties have coincided on various matters, primarily on the need to return stability to the Middle East and the joint fight against terrorism, as well as the preservation of multipolarity in the international arena during problem-solving process.
During her stay in Singapore, Adviser RISS Director also met with the Head of the Department of Middle East and North Africa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore Mr. Umej Bhatia. The conversation was focused on events in the Near and Middle East.