M Venkaiah Naidu to visit Brussels for 12th ASEM summit

Vastavam web: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will be on a three-day visit to Belgium later this week to attend the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit, the first multilateral dialogue that he will attend after taking office, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Monday. “The bi-annual event is considered the highest platform for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe in the areas of trade, investment, security and tourism. This will also be the first multilateral summit that the vice president will be attending after taking office in August,” the MEA said in a statement.

The theme of this year’s ASEM summit is ‘Global Partners for Global Challenges’. The 2018 summit, hosted by the European Union, will be chaired by the President of the European Council. A number of heads of states and heads of government are expected to participate in the summit, it said. Apart from the opening ceremony, Naidu will participate in the Plenary Session and have interactions with various stakeholders. In addition, the vice president will call on the King of the Belgians, it said. He will also have bilateral meetings with the heads of state and government from Austria, Portugal, Switzerland and other countries on the sidelines of the summit.