Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)
Russian Participation in the 10th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On June 6-7, Budapest hosted the Tenth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers Meeting. The Russian delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin.
The meeting has demonstrated the high demand for ASEM as a forum for discussion of current global and regional issues, as well as new challenges and threats affecting the security and foreign policy interests of the states of both Asia and Europe. Dialogue in the framework of ASEM was devoted to a joint search for approaches to solving a wide range of international issues, including the situations in North Africa and the Middle East, the fight against international terrorism, the Iranian nuclear problem, the Korean Peninsula nuclear problem, emergency response, nuclear power safety, Afghanistan, food security, counter-piracy, energy security, climate change, reform of the global financial system, etc.
The Russian delegation familiarized partners with the content of Russia's latest foreign policy initiatives, conveyed to the ASEM participants our positions on a number of international issues, and reiterated the importance of Russia as a Eurasian state and a politico- geographic bridge between the two continents.
In 2012, the 9th ASEM Summit will be held in Vientiane (Laos), and in 2013 India agreed to convene the 11th meeting of foreign ministers of the forum.
June 7, 2011