More than 120 officials from the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) member
nations have discussed preparations for the ninth Asia-Europe
Meeting (ASEM 9) in Vientiane, Laos from Sept. 11-14.
They deliberated a draft Vientiane Declaration on Strengthening
Partnership for Peace and Development, ASEM 9 Chair’s Statement,
Provisional Agenda and cooperative orientations for ASEM in the future.
At the meeting, the Lao side affirmed its
determination to well prepare for the Meeting in November, to which it
will host for the first time.
As many as 35
countries and international organisations have accepted to attend the
event, where Asian and European leaders will discuss regional and
international issues to further develop ASEM in the coming time.-VNA