12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit begins; Vice President Venkaiah Naidu leads Indian delegation

Oct 19, 2018 09:25 IST
12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit begins; Vice President Venkaiah Naidu leads Indian delegation

The 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit began on October 18, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu led the Indian delegation at the two-day summit.

Theme 2018: The theme of 12th Asia-Europe Meeting was 'Global Partners for Global Challenges'.

The 12th Asia-Europe Meeting brought together Heads of state of 30 European and 21 Asian countries, besides top representatives of the European Union and Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The summit prioritised issues related to connectivity, trade and investment, sustainable development, climate change, terrorism, migration, maritime security and cyberspace.

Venkaiah Naidu’s schedule at the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting

  • Naidu is likely to seek cooperation to strengthen bilateral relations and also to deal with the global challenges through Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) platform.
  • Apart from the opening ceremony, Naidu will participate in the plenary session of the Summit and have interactions with various stakeholders.
  • He will also have bilateral meetings with the Heads of State of various countries on the sidelines of the summit.
  • On the first day itself, Naidu held one to one meeting with the King of Belgians, King Phillipe at Presidential Palace in Brussels.
  • He will also hold a meeting with prominent Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and CEOs of Belgium. He will address the Indian Diaspora at the Jain Culture Centre in Wilrijk, Antwerp.
  • He will also pay floral tributes at the monument of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi located at the Governorate of Antwerp.

12th ASEM Summit

The 12th ASEM Summit (ASEM12) was held during October 18-19, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

European Council President Donald TUSK chaired the summit. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini represented the EU.

The ASEM summit brought together Heads of state of 51 European and Asian countries, representatives of the European Union and the Secretary General of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).


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