BIMSTEC countries vow to cooperate in combating international terrorism

11:17, December 12, 2009      

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Seven countries of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) signed a convention on cooperation in combating international terrorism, transnational crime and drug trafficking at a ministerial meeting in Nay Pyi Taw Friday, official report reaching here said.

The 12th BIMSTEC ministerial meeting, chaired by Myanmar, was attended by representatives from all the BIMSTEC countries -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand sharing the Bay of Bengal.

In Friday's inaugural session, Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein delievered an address.

BIMSTEC has identified 14 areas of cooperation which include trade and investment, technology, energy, transportation and communication, tourism, fisheries, poverty alleviation, agriculture, cultural cooperation, counter-terrorism and transnational crime, environment and disaster management, public health, people-to-people contact and climate change.

India hosted the second BIMSTEC summit in 2008.

Founded in 1997, BIMSTEC is aims at promoting multi-sectoral cooperation for economic and social progress of the region. It first outlined six areas of cooperation in 1999 and the areas were increased to 13 in 2006 and 14 in 2009.

Myanmar joined the BIMSTEC in August 1997 soon after integration into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)in July.  

Source: Xinhua
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