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Minsk Dialogue forum speaker: Most countries prioritize economy and security

Politics 24.05.2018 | 10:50
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MINSK, 24 May (BelTA) – Economy and security are priorities for most of the countries of the world, Head of the Centre for National Security Studies of the Eurasian Association of Systemic Studies (China) Li Qinggong told reporters on 24 May, BelTA has learnt.

The expert is taking part in the international forum “Eastern Europe: In Search of Security for All” that is underway in Minsk. Li Qinggong emphasized that the topics raised by the Minsk Dialogue initiative are of great significance for the entire world and Eastern Europe in particular. “The majority of countries pursue two important priorities in politics – economic growth and security, ability to defend and preserve themselves,” he noted. The relevance of the topics discussed at the conference drew a great number of experts from various countries. Li Qinggong informed that he is also set to speak at the forum to outline China's role in promoting security and cooperation in Europe.

The conference is attended by 350 experts and officials from more than 40 countries. Speakers include OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, Deputy Assistant of NATO Secretary General James Appathurai, former CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha, Director General of the Permanent International Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Maira Mora, and former Chairperson of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Christine Muttonen. Minsk Dialogue Forum 2018 represents the next milestone in the initiative's development. It will launch a large annual gathering of leading experts from Eastern Europe, the EU, Russia, the United States, and China. The forum provides a new platform for discussions about the present and the future of the regional and international security.

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