|Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa (C, front) speaks during the opening ceremony of the 12th Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Ministerial Meeting in the Bahraini capial Manama, Nov. 25, 2013.—XINHUA/VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Phuong Nga yesterday wrapped up a two day trip to the 12th Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Ministerial Meeting and the 3rd ASEAN and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministerial Meeting in Manama, Bahrain.
The 12th ACD Ministerial Meeting attracted delegates from 33 member countries and aimed to promote stronger partnerships among Asian nations.
The agenda focused on regional cooperation in areas including trans-national infrastructure, energy, bilateral regional and free trade agreements, investment and poverty reduction.
Delegates also devoted time to discussing improvements in technological sharing, climate change adaptation, food security, counter-terrorism and and maritime security.
Addressing the event, Nga emphasised the role of the ACD in promoting dialogue and cooperation and building mutual trust to overcome common development challenges.
She proposed cooperation in tourism, transport connectivity, trade, natural disaster prevention, and the sustainable management of water resources.
She also affirmed Viet Nam's commitment to strengthening cooperation with other member countries for peace, prosperity and development.
Outcomes from the meeting included the adoption of the Manama Joint Declaration titled "Promoting Asia Tourism Cooperation", which aims to boost ACD cooperation and support initiatives boosting ties between Asia and Europe.
The 13th ACD meeting is scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia next year.
Attending the third ASEAN–GCC Ministerial Meeting, delegates lauded recent developments in bilateral ties, highlighting outcomes from the 2010-2012 Action Plan and the ASEAN–GCC Declaration on Vision adopted in 2009.
Delegates also acknowledged the importance of fostering bilateral ties in areas including trade, investment, education, energy and tourism. Delegates also vowed to coordinate more effectively at multilateral forums to combat global epidemics, terrorism and crime, emphasising the need for joint security efforts along sea straits and maritime routes.
Nga used the occasion to call for more private-public partnerships and promote cooperation in the banking and financial sectors, backing Viet Nam's pledge to favour GCC businesses investing in the country. — VNS