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Sixth Mekong – Ganga Cooperation Meetings

India is hosting the 6th Mekong Ganga Cooperation Meetings on September 3-4, 2012 at New Delhi. Senior Officials would be meeting on September 3, 2012 and the Foreign Ministers would meet on September 4, 2012.

The Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) was launched on November 10, 2000 in Vientiane, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic setting out a vision for cooperation amongst India and the five Mekong region countries – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. Five MGC Ministerial Meetings have been held so far, in Vientiane, Lao PDR on November 10, 2000; in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 28, 2001; Phnom Penh, Cambodia June 20, 2003; in Cebu, Philippines on January 12, 2007 and in Manila, Philippines on August 1, 2007. The 4 priority areas identified for cooperation so far have included tourism, culture, education/human resource development and transportation & communication.

This would be the first time that the MGC meeting would be hosted by India in New Delhi. Earlier, India had chaired the 5th MGC Ministerial Meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN-India Meetings.

H.E. Mr. HOR Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Kingdom of Cambodia; H.E. Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lao People’s Democratic Republic; H.E. U Maung Myint, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Union of Myanmar; H.E. Mr. Jullapong Nonscrichai, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand; and H.E. Mr. Pham Quang Vinh, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Socialist Republic of Vietnam will participate in the 6th MGC Ministerial Meeting.

The External Affairs Minister of India together with the visiting MGC Ministers would review cooperation between the MGC countries and set out the future direction of this important mechanism for enhanced cooperation in the region.

New Delhi
September 1, 2012

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