Asia-Europe meeting to discuss security issues in MH17 tragedy

Asia-Europe meeting to discuss security issues in MH17 tragedy

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The downing of Flight MH17 in Ukraine is expected to be discussed as one of the security concerns at the Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) in Milan on Oct 16.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is the ASEAN coordinator, will attend the two-day event themed "Responsible Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Security".

Asem governor for the European Union Michael Matthiessen said security issues surrounding the airline tragedy had raised several concerns among the partner countries. He said leaders would discuss the issues as Russia was an Asem partner.

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy said Asia and Europe security were interlinked and many Asian nations valued political relations with the European Union as a balancing element.

"We also face common challenges such as fighting religious extremism and terrorism.

"Only by joining forces and communicating together on these issues will we achieve success," he said at the conference on "Asia and Europe Working Together" here yesterday.

"While the European Union does not claim to be a model, it is ready to share its own experience in regional integration in all the aspects that could be relevant for Asia.

"This has become a priority of our cooperation dubbed the New Silk Road," he said.


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