Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos will be attending, Friday and Saturday, the 11th ASEM Summit in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
In a press statement released on Thursday, the Romanian Government says that this year’s ASEM Summit’s edition marks 20 years of political dialogue between Europe and Asia at an important event to the economic and political relations between European and Asian countries.
“As well as having a symbolic significance, the summit is designed to take stock of 20 years of actions and adopt guidelines for future cooperation between Europe and Asia. The main theme of the summit is 20 years of ASEM, a partnership for the future thorough connectivity, with the Romanian prime minister to deliver a speech related to the theme. The summit talks are aimed at consolidating three ASEM cooperation levels: securing world’s peace and stability; economic growth; increasing contacts between Asian and European societies,” reads the statement.
The attending political leaders will “discuss global affairs such as climate change, sustainable development and world trade, disaster risk reduction and management, energy and food security, water management.”
“The summit meeting in Mongolia is a new opportunity for Romania to reaffirm its position of a traditional partner to Asian countries, as well as the wish to further political and economic ties with them,” the statement adds.
Asia – Europe Meeting (ASEM) is a multilateral forum for dialogue and cooperation between Europe (the 28 European Union member states plus Norway and Switzerland) and Asia-Pacific (ASEAN, four EU strategic partners – China, India, Japan and South Korea – as well as the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Mongolia).
“We hope to see as many Vietnamese tourists visit Romania as possible”
In Hanoi on Wednesday, Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos told a meeting of the Romania-Vietnam Friendship Association that he intends to encourage Romania’s travel agencies to bring in Vietnamese tourists, and even the possibility of non-stop flights from Bucharest to Hanoi being opened.
“We hope that in the months and years ahead we will see as many Vietnamese tourists travelling to Romania as possible – to see for themselves how Romania has transformed and how it knew how to preserve some of its values and traditions. I will encourage Romanians to come visit Vietnam, because you here have very many unique things that would certainly strongly draw Romanian tourists. My intention upon returning to Romania is to encourage Romanian travel agencies to get in touch with Vietnamese counterparts. We hope that, to the extent of this influx, we may open non-stop flights from Bucharest to Hanoi and consequently building also physical bridges in addition to the spiritual bridges, which you have created and known how to preserve,” Ciolos told the meeting.
In a video footage posted on the website of the Romanian Government, Ciolos is heard saying the Romanian Government is set to strengthen Romania’s diplomatic presence in Hanoi so that young people may learn how to cooperate with Vietnam, learn about the local culture, language and customs so that a bridge between the two countries may be preserved into the future.
Ciolos also mentioned intensifying cultural exchanges between the two countries, given that before delivering his speech to the meeting, he was welcomed to the tunes of a Romanian round dance played on traditional Vietnamese instruments.
“You almost have us feel smaller when we hear a Romanian round dance played on Vietnamese instruments. I do not know how many orchestras in Romania would be able to play traditional Vietnamese songs, but I hope that in some years’ time we will manage to do it, provided that we resume the cultural exchanges between the two countries. (…) I am overwhelmed with joy to witness so much continuing attachment to a country that you discovered some decades ago, where you spent just a few years. That makes me believe that those years you spent in Romania left such a positive impression on you that once you returned home you decided to keep the ties going and create this association. I believe many countries in the world wish to intensify their cooperation with Vietnam,” said Ciolos.