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ASEM is about dialogue among Asians and Europeans at all levels. It has been going for more than 20 years, proving its strategic relevance.


Asia-Europe: remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the press conference following the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting


Foreign ministers of European and Asian countries met in Madrid, Spain, on 15-16 December for the 14th ASEM Foreign ministers meeting.
They agreed on a Chair's statement.

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Your Majesty,


Dear colleagues,

Today I have the great honour of welcoming you to the historic El Pardo Royal Palace in my new capacity as European Union High Representative [for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy] I would like to extend my deep gratitude to His Majesty the King [Felipe VI] of Spain and to the Spanish Government for hosting this meeting.

 Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, held bilateral meetings with a number of his Asian counterparts today in Madrid. The meetings took place in the margins of the 14th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) ministerial in Madrid, which will be chaired by the High Representative/Vice-President.