Asia-Europe FMs meet over non-traditional challenges

14:20, June 07, 2011      

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Foreign ministers and representatives pose for the family photo during the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) for Foreign Ministers in Godollo, 30 kms from Budapest, Hungary, June 6, 2011. Foreign ministers of Asian and European countries gathered here on Monday to discuss ways to cope with the non-traditional security challenges. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)

Foreign ministers of Asian and European countries gathered here on Monday to discuss ways to cope with the non-traditional security challenges.

The 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) for Foreign Ministers opened here with the theme of "Working Together on Non-Traditional Security Challenges."

It is the first time that ASEM focuses on cooperation in the fields of non-traditional security challenges, such as natural disasters, terrorism, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, illegal arms trafficking and organized crime, and migration departing from crisis points.

Cooperation between the EU and Asia is a "key question for the future of the world," said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the opening of the meeting.

Orban said that the search for the most efficient means of economic and political cooperation with Asia will mark the years ahead. In the aftermath of the global economic crisis, cooperation between Europe and Asia can be one of the starting points for world renewal, according to Orban.

"We have seen a new world emerge with dizzying speed as a result of the global financial and economic competition which requires greater cooperation. Lonely warriors can no longer be successful," Orban said. Forty-six countries in total are represented in Godollo including 27 EU countries, 19 Asian countries as well as two organizations, the EU and the ASEAN secretariat. The participants represent half of the world's population as well as 60 percent of its gross domestic product.

The meeting is expected to adopt a statement from the 48 ASEM partners on global and regional political, economic and social questions.

"Our ASEM dialogue reflects the importance of the solid engagement between the EU and Asia," said Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, before the meeting on Monday.

"Our aim is to foster political dialogue, reinforce economic cooperation and promote cultural cooperation between Asia and Europe," Ashton added.

The summit was chaired on Monday by Catherine Ashton while Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi takes over the chair on Tuesday.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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