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Asia-Europe Meeting: build growth with cooperation

VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) – Leaders from Asia and Europe are calling for closer cooperation between the two continents in addressing the current global economic and financial crisis.

The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, also unequivocally affirmed the euro’s future.

The two-day Asia-Europe Meeting in Laos was attended by leaders and ministers from 51 countries, including new members Norway, Switzerland and Bangladesh.

The meeting, known as ASEM, endorsed closer economic ties between the two continents to promote stronger and sustained growth. Combined, the two regions produce half the world’s GDP and have 60% of the world’s population.

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