Third GCC-ASEAN meeting held in Bahrain

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WorldTrade bahrainThe foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held their 3rd ministerial meeting on November 26, 2013, in Bahrain’S capital Manama. The meeting was co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysian, Hanifa Haji Aman.

The foreign ministers reviewed the outcomes and recommendations made by the working groups to further boost cooperation and strengthen the economic, commercial, educational, food security and agricultural investment, energy, transport and connectivity between the GCC and ASEAN, which they said represent two strategic regions that have major international economic and commercial importance.

They also discussed the civilisational and cultural dimensions that bind them together as the main pillars for strengthening joint cooperation. Shaikh Khalid, at a press conference following the meeting, affirmed that the bilateral relations between the GCC states and ASEAN reached an advanced and distinguished level, reflecting the GCC states’ keenness, particularly Bahrain’s, of the importance of bolstering and developing cooperation with Asian nations in general.

The foreign minister added that the meeting discussed a number of important issues related to food and energy security as well as re-considering the mechanisms for joint action in order to formulate recommendations in the best interest of the two regions in the future and in a manner that is consistent with the aspirations and needs of both sides.

Shaikh Khalid noted that it was agreed to hold a workshop or forum in Singapore during the first half of 2014 for officials, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders. The meeting issued a declaration commending the vision of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, presented to the Gulf Cooperation Council in 2009, which stressed the importance of developing and activating the Asian dimension of GCC ties with the ASEAN in particular and with Asia in general.

The ministers welcomed choosing Manama as the Asian tourism capital for 2014, which they said will further bolster and strengthen cooperation as well as create stronger ties between the people of Asia, in addition to developing economic, trade and cultural ties between the two sides.

The ministers also agreed during the meeting that Bahrain would be the coordinator of the GCC for the dialogue with ASEAN in the next three years in coordination with the GCC chairmanship. Bahrain will be the GCC’s country coordinator for GCC-ASEAN relations for the next three years, in coordination with the GCC presidency.

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The foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held their 3rd ministerial meeting on November 26, 2013, in Bahrain’S capital Manama. The meeting was co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysian, Hanifa Haji Aman.

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WorldTrade bahrainThe foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held their 3rd ministerial meeting on November 26, 2013, in Bahrain’S capital Manama. The meeting was co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysian, Hanifa Haji Aman.

The foreign ministers reviewed the outcomes and recommendations made by the working groups to further boost cooperation and strengthen the economic, commercial, educational, food security and agricultural investment, energy, transport and connectivity between the GCC and ASEAN, which they said represent two strategic regions that have major international economic and commercial importance.

They also discussed the civilisational and cultural dimensions that bind them together as the main pillars for strengthening joint cooperation. Shaikh Khalid, at a press conference following the meeting, affirmed that the bilateral relations between the GCC states and ASEAN reached an advanced and distinguished level, reflecting the GCC states’ keenness, particularly Bahrain’s, of the importance of bolstering and developing cooperation with Asian nations in general.

The foreign minister added that the meeting discussed a number of important issues related to food and energy security as well as re-considering the mechanisms for joint action in order to formulate recommendations in the best interest of the two regions in the future and in a manner that is consistent with the aspirations and needs of both sides.

Shaikh Khalid noted that it was agreed to hold a workshop or forum in Singapore during the first half of 2014 for officials, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders. The meeting issued a declaration commending the vision of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, presented to the Gulf Cooperation Council in 2009, which stressed the importance of developing and activating the Asian dimension of GCC ties with the ASEAN in particular and with Asia in general.

The ministers welcomed choosing Manama as the Asian tourism capital for 2014, which they said will further bolster and strengthen cooperation as well as create stronger ties between the people of Asia, in addition to developing economic, trade and cultural ties between the two sides.

The ministers also agreed during the meeting that Bahrain would be the coordinator of the GCC for the dialogue with ASEAN in the next three years in coordination with the GCC chairmanship. Bahrain will be the GCC’s country coordinator for GCC-ASEAN relations for the next three years, in coordination with the GCC presidency.

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