Vietnam Extols Potential Asia-Europe Cooperation

Hanoi,  (Prensa Latina) Vietnam extolled Wednesday the agreements reached in the tenth meeting of Foreign Ministers of Asia-Europe, but warned of future security challenges facing these continents.

Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem defended his country’s position regarding non-traditional security challenges such as climate change and reckless exploitation of resources.

In this regard, he called for strengthening collaboration and exchange of experiences in the sustainable management and exploitation of rivers, referring to the current debate on dams on the Mekong.

The event, held earlier this week in Hungary, supported the election of Hanoi to host the Fourth Ministerial Conference of Labour and Employment of the Asia-Europe Forum in 2012.

Ministers adopted a declaration that sets out guidelines for policy coordination, including that between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Khiem said.

“We proposed measures to consolidate peace, security and progress in the area due to the complex situation in the East Sea,” the Vietnamese Foreign Minister said.

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“Propusimos medidas para consolidar la paz, seguridad y progresos en la zona ante la compleja situación en el Mar Oriental”, agregó el jefe de la diplomacia vietnamita.

Abogamos porque aumente la cooperación en asuntos como la alerta ante desastres naturales y la merma del impacto del cambio climático en la agricultura y el entorno, entre otros, concluyó Khiem.

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