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ASEM provides medium for Indonesia to strengthen position among Asian countries: official

09-21-2010 14:55 BJT

JAKARTA, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) acts as medium to strengthen Indonesia's position among Asian countries in working together with its European counterparts, an Indonesian official said here on Tuesday.

The ASEM also provides a perfect forum for dialog and exchange views in building bridges between Asian and European countries.

Dian Wirengjurit, director for Intra Regional Cooperation for America and Europe at the Indonesia's Foreign Ministry, told the press that the ASEM also acts as medium to strengthen Indonesia's position among Asian countries in working together with its European counterparts.

"In the last 12 years, Indonesia has been involved in the ASEM forum by hosting and supporting various meetings and initiatives under the ASEM cooperation framework," said Wirengjurit.

He also said that for the 8th ASEM Summit, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa will head Indonesian delegation.

The 8th ASEM Summit will be held on Oct. 4-5 in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting will officially welcome Australia, Russia and New Zealand as new partners.

ASEM is an informal process of dialog and cooperation, bringing together the 27 European Union member states and the European Commission with 16 Asian countries and the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Secretariat.

The ASEM dialog addresses political, economic and cultural issues, with the objective of strengthening the relationship between the two regions, in a spirit of mutual respect, mutual benefit and equal partnership.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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