Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)
Press release on the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting
On December 15 and 16, Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov attended the 14th ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Madrid.
During the event, its participants exchanged views on a wide range of global and regional matters, including achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, combatting climate change, streamlining multilateral trade, crisis settlement, as well as countering current challenges and threats, including terrorism.
Russia emphasised that there is no alternative to promoting collective approaches to cooperation, and building an architecture of equal and indivisible security across the continent. Eurasia needs sustainable connectivity in order to establish an inclusive economic space of equitable and mutually beneficial cooperation. In the context of the initiative to create the Greater Eurasian Partnership, the Russian delegation noted the contribution made by the Eurasian Economic Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as well as other multilateral frameworks, to promoting network diplomacy.
As one of the coordinators of ASEM’s Asian group, Russia reaffirmed its continued commitment to advancing hands-on initiatives within this forum.
A Chair’s Statement was adopted as the meeting’s outcome document.