Foreign Ministers of the member states of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) have reached a final declaration, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday.
Top diplomats of CICA member states discussed issues regarding peace and development in the region and reached a declaration on ensuring peace, stability, security and sustainable development through dialogue, Wang told a press conference following the meeting.
The meeting, held in Beijing on Thursday, called for all sides to settle disputes in the region through peaceful solutions.
The participants have also adopted action plans on fighting against drug trafficking in Asia and implementing confidence-building measures in the development of small and medium entrepreneurship across the region.
“The CICA is currently the largest security conference in the region in terms of member states and coverage area. It provides a new channel for all sides to further their understanding and build mutual trust, reach common ground and boost development,” Wang said in his summary speech at the meeting.
“China will continue with its principles of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness that President Xi Jinping has brought forth in our regional diplomacy, furthering trust and deepening cooperation with all parties, and push forward CICA’s effect on Asia’s security and development,” he added.
The CICA is an inter-governmental forum for developing cooperation and promoting peace and security within Asia. The idea of convening the CICA was first proposed by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev in October 1992, at the 47th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.