12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit held in Brussels, Belgium

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has met Prime Ministers of Greece and Portugal in Brussels and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties through greater economic cooperation and people to people exchanges.

Theme: ‘Global Partners for Global Challenges’.

ASEM:

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an informal process of dialogue and cooperation bringing together the 28 European Union member states, 2 other European countries, and the European Union with 21 Asian countries and the ASEAN Secretariat.

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

It was officially established on 1 March 1996 at the first summit in Bangkok, Thailand.

The ASEM Summit is a biennial meeting between the Heads of State and Government, the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

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