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Mariya Gabriel: Partnerships and international cooperation are a chance to find common solutions

02 February 2024 News

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mariya Gabriel participates in the EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and the Ministerial Forum on Cooperation with the Indo-Pacific, held in Brussels. The aim of the conferences is for EU foreign ministers to discuss with partners from the region how to tackle regional and global challenges.

‘The EU and ASEAN are strategic partners, and our cooperation is based on shared values and principles, including the rule-based international order. Regular dialogue to find solutions to common challenges is important. At the same time, we need to work together to promote connectivity and create more partnerships in digitalisation. To meet the challenges of the new wave of deep technological innovation, we need closer cooperation on innovation and support for talent’, Mariya Gabriel said.

ASEAN is an association of Southeast Asian countries with 10 member countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. EU-ASEAN ministerial meetings are a key format of the political dialogue between the two regions.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mariya Gabriel also participated in the Ministerial Forum on Cooperation with the Indo-Pacific Region. ‘In a dynamically changing world, Bulgaria and the EU take into account the importance of the region, as set out in the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific’, the Deputy Prime Minister further commented. She emphasised connectivity, investment in skills, science and innovation and support for small and medium-sized enterprises. ‘Partnerships and international cooperation are a chance to find common solutions’, Mariya Gabriel concluded.

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