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Asia Cooperation Dialogue to hold next summit in Iran in 2018 — ministry

October 10, 19:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Participants in the Bangkok summit, which ended on October 10, exchanged views on sustainable development and economic growth in Asia
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MOSCOW, October 10. /TASS/. The next summit of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) will be held in Iran in 2018, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday after a corresponding forum in Bangkok.

The Russian delegation to the second ACD summit in Thailand was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.

"The next summit will be held in Iran in 2018," the Russian foreign ministry said.

Participants in the Bangkok summit "exchanged views on current issues of ensuring sustainable development and economic growth in Asia, as well as on measures to expand practical sectoral cooperation," the ministry said. "The Russian side stressed the importance of ensuring synergy of multilateral formats for the purposes of building a common economic space open for all interested parties both in the East and in the West in the region of Bigger Eurasian."

The summit yielded a concept document on the prospects of cooperation in Asia till the year 2030, a Bangkok declaration setting key guidelines for further activities of the forum and a statement on promoting economic growth via partnership.

The Asia Cooperation Dialogue was established in 2002 on Thailand’s initiative as a new instrument of interregional cooperation. It is seen as a leading structure for socio-economic cooperation across Asia. Currently, the Dialogue’s members are more than 30 countries of Asia and the Middle East.

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