Belgium to host the 12th ASEM Summit


European Council President Donald Tusk thanked Mongolia for hosting the 11th ASEM Summit and in response to recent developments in France and Turkey, stressed the importance of global dialogue, cooperation, mutual respect, and understanding. “Let the message of solidarity of our entire community in the face of terrorism be an important message to the world. Turkey is a key partner for Europe. The EU fully supports democratic elections and the constitutional government,” said Tusk.

Tusk emphasized the importance of collaboration between Asia and Europe, and the opportunity to make a difference together. He also announced that Belgium has been selected to host ASEM12 in 2018.

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker thanked the host country, remarking that it was his third time in Mongolia. He noted that since his first visit to the country in 1998, “the progress of this country has been marvelous.” He complimented the President of Mongolia for hosting and chairing the Summit.

President of Myanmar U Htin Kyaw thanked Mongolia for its hospitality, expressed condolences and solidarity for the people of France, noted that ASEM’s formal and informal discussions were fruitful, and that new ideas, including enhancing ASEM’s three pillars, were presented.

“Areas of common interest in regional and international scale included non-traditional security issues of terrorism and extremism, the rule of law, and inclusive growth,” said President Kyaw. Kyaw also announced that Myanmar will host the next ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in 2017.

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico remarked that the traumatic events in Turkey and France had touched all the leaders present, and said, “The last two days showed us how turbulent the times we live in are, and how much the Asia-Europe community is needed.” He thanked the Government of Mongolia for its hospitality and mentioned that leaders discussed important topics in the summit’s sessions, including climate change, 2030 Sustainable Development Goals,  and disaster risk management.

Prime Minister Fico said “candid and constructive” discussion on a number of issues of shared concern for Asia and Europe were important for the leaders.

After remarks from the ASEM delegates, journalists asked questions about maritime issues, topics important to Mongolia that were discussed, President Juncker’s impressions of Mongolia’s chairmanship, and whether the coup attempt in Turkey would change its status  and relationship with the European Union.

The President of Mongolia closed the press conference by thanking all Mongolians involved with organizing the summit, including the volunteers, security, service, and government staff hosting 2,500 international delegates and 700 media representatives.

“All the volunteers, all people, learned something from organizing this. That will stay. A young man came up to me yesterday and said, ‘We are ready to organize the Olympics now, summer or winter.’ We may indeed bid for it in 2050,” he said.