9 November 201309:28

Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the participation of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the 11th meeting of foreign ministers of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)


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On the 11-12 November, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will participate in another meeting of foreign ministers of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in New Delhi.

The motto of the forthcoming event is"ASEM: Bridge to Partnership for Growth and Development". Its participants will review a wide range of problems, including the counteraction of new challenges and threats, ensuring financial and economic stability, as well as topical issues on the international agenda. In the context of strengthening the practical component in the work of the forum, the Russian party will specifically highlight the topic of ensuring synergy in the ASEM's activity with the G20, ASEM and other multilateral mechanisms. According to established practice, the results of the work will be summarised in the final document – the President's statement. The ministerial meeting in New Delhi will open up the stage of preparation for the next ASEM summit, which will be held in October 2014 in Milan.

The ASEM was established in 1996 and currently unites 51 participants, including from Europe (27 EU member states, Norway, Switzerland and the European Commission) and 21 – from Asia (10 member states of the ASEAN, Australia, Bangladesh, India, China, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Russia, Japan and the ASEAN Secretariat). Ministerial meetings of the ASEM are convened biannually in Asian or European countries in sequence.

Russia acceded to the ASEM in October 2010. We view this forum as a prospective dialogue arena for the interaction of Asian and European countries for the purposes of the advancement of multifaceted interregional cooperation, the alignment of the cooperation and security architecture, as well as to "compare notes" on worldwide and regional plots.

Our participation in sectorial events is aimed at the implementation of the results of the 9th ASEM summit (Vientiane, 5-6 November 2012), which was attended by the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev. Profile agencies are working in directions like fighting terrorism and transnational crime, food and energy security, education and culture, migration and protection of human rights, and counteracting climate changes.

The Russian party attaches great importance to the build-up of practical steps in the interests of resolving the global task of supporting sustainable economic growth and the increase of transport interconnectivity.

We actively advance the idea of use of the developments of the Russian presidency in the G20, primarily in areas like the strengthening of food security, the extension of access to financial services and the increase in the level of financial literacy, stimulation of financing of investments, the development of modern infrastructure and human capital, the creation of new workplaces, effective regulations and wide implementation of advanced technologies.

The strengthening of the intercivilisational dialogue is an important line of action of the ASEM. In 2010 the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov proposed organising the international conference of the ASEM on intercultural and interreligious cooperation in our country. This event is scheduled for July 2014 in St Petersburg under the slogan "Intercivilisational consent as a necessary condition for sustainable development". The forum will review issues like the preservation and development of cultural and civilisational diversity, respect for national traditions, the role of the state and mass media in the build-up of intercivilisational consent, the prevention of conflicts on ethnic and religious grounds. We expect that our ASEM partners will widely and actively participate in this conference.

9 November 2013

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