APEC leaders condemned the Russian aggression against Ukraine and demanded the immediate withdrawal of their troops

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At none of the previous ministerial meetings had it been possible to agree on a joint declaration for Moscow's veto of references to the invasion of Ukrainian territory that imposed some of its members, especially the US

APEC leaders condemned Russian aggression against Ukraine and demanded immediate troop withdrawal

Philippines President Bongbong Marcos, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and Taiwan's representative and founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Morris Chang, attend the APEC Leaders' Informal Dialogue with Guests during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand November 18, 2022. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/Pool

The leaders of the 21 world economies The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, which includes Russia, concluded their summit in Bangkok this Saturday with a joint communiqué mentioning the war in Ukraine and its effects.

The consensual text reflects that “the majority of members condemn the Russian aggression against Ukraineand stresses that the conflict causes immense human suffering and exacerbates existing fragilities in the world economy”, while demanding the “unconditional withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory”.

< p class="paragraph">Leaders acknowledge that “other points of view” exist and that the forum is not the appropriate place to resolve security issues, even though these have “consequences on the global economy< /b>”, in a document that echoes the language expressed at the G20 leaders' summit -which took place on the Indonesian island of Bali between Tuesday and Wednesday-.

At none of the previous ministerial meetings had it been possible to agree on a joint declaration for the Russian veto of references to the war in Ukraine imposed by some of its members, especially the US.

The approved document refers, among other issues, to economic recoveryafter the covid-19 pandemic and the need to boost trade and investment to regenerate sustainable economic growth and help reduce poverty.

< p>APEC leaders condemned the Russian aggression against Ukraine and demanded the immediate withdrawal of their troops

Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font (L) chats with Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu (R) after the 29th APEC Economic Leaders? Meeting (AELM) during the APEC 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand, 18 November 2022. Thailand hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC 2022, the summit for economic cooperation comprising 21 leading member economies to promote free trade in the Asia-Pacific region. Rungroj Yongrit/Pool via REUTERS

Among the leaders who participated in the meeting were the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, the Prime Ministers of Japan, Fumio Kishida, and Australia, Anthony Albanese, as well as the Chilean president, Gabriel Boric, among others.

The meeting was also marked by notable absences such as the US president, Joe Biden, due to the wedding of a granddaughter on Saturday at the White House, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as their counterparts from Peru, Pedro Castillo, and from Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The APEC summit It has not been held in person since 2018, since in 2019 it was suspended due to protests in Chile and the last two years due to the pandemic.

APEC leaders condemned Russian aggression against Ukraine and demanded immediate troop withdrawal

U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken attends a bilateral meeting with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, on the sidelines of APEC summit, in Bangkok, Thailand November 17, 2022. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa/Pool

Founded In 1989, APEC is made up of Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Chile, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, United States , Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Likewise, it encompasses 2,900 million people -38% of the world population-, a combined GDP of 52 trillion dollars -equivalent to 62% of world GDP- and trade valued at 18 trillion dollars -representing 70% of world trade.

(With information from EFE)

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