5 November 2012, 19:10

Russia ‘Asia-Europe link’ – Pakistani PM

Russia ‘Asia-Europe link’ – Pakistani PM

Pakistan is looking forward to broader cooperation with Russia in all fields. It sees Russia as a vital link between Asia and Europe and a powerful Eurasian stability factor.

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf spoke about this to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Vientiane on Monday at a meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe summit being held in the Laotian capital.

The two men discussed a number of cooperation issues. They also agreed that their countries see many international problems eye to eye.

Medvedev, European leaders discuss global economy

The global economy, including the crisis in the Eurozone, dominated discussions held in Vientiane on Monday between Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and a number of European leaders, including Euro-Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. They were meeting at the Asia-Europe summit being held in the Laotian capital.

At a separate meeting with the delegates from Bulgaria, Mr Medvedev heard their opinion on the prospects of nuclear energy in their Balkan country.

Many delegates to the summit pointed out that Europe’s debt crisis can be solved by tacking problems with banks. Many also argued that the world needs a new economic growth model.

On Tuesday, the summit is expected to focus on nuclear safety and the world’s food and energy supply. The speakers will include Dmitry Medvedev. 

The Asia-Europe forum that organized the summit brings together 48 countries. Between them, they account for 60% of the global GDP and 66% of the world trade.

Voice of Russia, RIA, Interfax

Russia – link between Europe and Asia: Medvedev

The 9th ASEM (Asia-Europe) summit opened in Laos, Vientiane, November 5. The event is attended by Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev. His two-day visit includes bilateral meetings with Laos President Choummaly Sayasone, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf of Pakistan.

Besides, Medvedev will take part in a number of sessions. During his meeting with Laos leaders, Medvedev talked bilateral economic relations, investments and counternarcotic efforts.The parties also praised bilateral ties and cooperation prospects.

ASEM was established back in 1996 and now comprises 48 European and Asian countries and organizations. Russia joined the club two years ago and this year the forum welcomes new members: Norway, Switzerland and Bangladesh. ASEM doesn’t make any binding decisions but provides a forum for dialogue, and exchange of opinions between Europe and Asia.

Ahead of the summit, Dmitry Medvedev has published an article where he called Russia ASEM’s connecting link and mapped out the country’s development priorities for the near future. He believes that Russia should shift focus to Asia and the Pacific as part of the global economic trend. As Russia geopolitically unites various cultures, it can have a big say in ASEM cross-cultural dialogue as well as in creating a single economic space stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Ilya Kharlamov

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