Chinese FM meets ACD counterparts
( 2003-09-28 10:47) (Xinhua)
Chinese Foreign Minister Li
Zhaoxing attended here on Saturday an informal meeting of foreign ministers of
the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) member countries and exchanged views with
his counterparts over pan-Asia cooperation in finance, agriculture, energy and
Li first welcomed four new members to the ACD meeting + Sri Lanka,
Kazakhstan, Oman and Kuwait. He noted that things had gone smoothly since the
ACD was initiated more than a year ago. ACD members carried out their activities
in their capacity as rotating host countries, which helped create a favorable
atmosphere for cooperation.
Li spoke highly of the positive results yielded at the informal meeting of
ACD foreign ministers held in Chiang Mai, Thailand in June this year.
He stressed that amid profound changes and readjustment in the world at large
and the Asian region in particular, enhancing cooperation among Asian nations
and broadening their consensus would better safeguard and promote their
China is making preparation for the informal meeting of ACD foreign ministers
scheduled for 2004.
Also on Saturday, Li met his counterparts from Vanuatu, Pakistan, Cuba,
Bulgaria, and Iraq, as well as Ahmed Chalabi, rotating president of Iraqi
Governing Council. The minister exchanged views with them on bilateral ties, the
current international situation and the reform of the United Nations.