APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) diplomatic and trade ministers issued a joint statement on November 18th that included content condemning Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
"The majority of member states strongly condemn the war taking place in Ukraine," said ministers attending the APEC Joint Ministerial Meeting on Foreign and Trade Ministers (AMM) in Bangkok, Thailand, in a joint statement.
"This war will cause tremendous human suffering and exacerbate the fragility of the global economy by slowing growth, increasing inflation, collapsing supply chains, rising food and energy prices, and increasing risks to financial stability." they said.
However, they added, "There were also some different views and assessments of the war in Ukraine."
In a statement, the ministers also resolved to "continue efforts to create a free, open, fair, transparent, inclusive and predictable environment for trade and investment."
They also conveyed his support for the "Bangkok Goals," which deal with climate and environment, sustainable trade and investment, and welcomed the revitalization of discussions on the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP).
At a meeting last month, ministers were unable to adopt a joint statement amid disagreements over Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
This time as well, the general view was that it would be difficult to issue a joint statement, but we found a point of contact by adding opposing opinions as in the G20 Leaders Declaration.
Published : 2022/11/19 10:02 KST
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