Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Amanatidis, attends the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, (Myanmar, 20-21 November 2017)

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Amanatidis, is travelling to Myanmar to participate in the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which is taking place on 20 and 21 November, in Nye Pyi Taw, on the subject of ‘Strengthening Partnership for Peace and Sustainable Development’.
The Asia-Europe Meeting is an unofficial platform for cooperation and dialogue between Europe and Asia, aimed at dealing with the modern challenges of our constantly evolving world; namely, connectivity, trade and investment, environmental problems and climate change, terrorism and migration flows, and new forms of global threats, such as cyber-crime.
ASEM’s main aim is to create a framework that can contribute, on the one hand, to the promotion of political dialogue among the parties and, on the other hand, to the strengthening of economic cooperation. It is the most important multilateral platform linking Europe with Asia, as ASEM partners account for 60% of global GDP, global population and global trade.
ASEM was founded in March 1996, when the first Summit Meeting was held, in Bangkok, with the participation of the European Commission and 15 EU member states, and the then seven ASEAN members, as well as China, Japan and Korea. Fifty-one countries are now ASEM members. More specifically, the participating countries are the 28 member states of the EU, Norway and Switzerland, and the 10 ASEAN members (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand) and the following states: Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Russia. There are also two institutional partners: the European Union and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic

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