ASEM Leaders Welcome Cambodia’s Hosting of 13th ASEM Summit
AKP Phnom Penh, November 25, 2021 –
The Asia-Europe leaders welcomed Cambodia’s chairmanship of the 13th ASEM Summit (ASEM13) which kicked off officially this afternoon via videoconference.
President of the European Council H.E. Charles Michel, as the Regional Coordinator for European Group, said three years ago, the summit took place in Brussels and it was then postponed twice and finally organised today.
“Even though it is held virtually, it is an important meeting. This is a great opportunity to talk about what has been achieved and set goals for the future,” he underlined.
H.E. Charles Michel said the European countries are ready to deepen cooperation with the Asian counterparts for mutual benefit in this summit.
“Multilateral cooperation and a very strong Europe-Asia relationship in particular are crucial for our global recovery,” he said.
For his part, H.E. Mikhail Mishustin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, as the Regional Coordinator for NESA Group, expressed his strong hope that the summit will bring more outcome for the Asia and Europe integration.
“Although the summit was postponed twice, we are able to work remotely thanks to your efforts. I am confident that the Asia-Europe Summit will give further impetus to the continents’ integration processes and help to strengthen the practical cooperation,” he stressed.
At the same time, H.E. Mikhail Mishustin has suggested that all should use the ASEM’s potential in developing areas of connectivity such as transport, construction, modernisation of remote areas, digitalisation, education and tourism.
(Photo: Ong Honleang & Suos Savy)
By Heng Panha