Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Monday invited major Asian powers, all members of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue, to gather in the Gulf state for a summit next year.
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"Kuwait calls for a summit meeting for (ACD) member states in 2012 to discuss all issues related to the continent of Asia... (and) Kuwait is pleased to host it," he said at the opening of a two-day conference for the 31-member ACD.
Sheikh Sabah urged stronger cooperation between Asian countries to avert the impact of the global economic and financial crises.
The current ACD summit brings together foreign ministers and senior officials from Asia's top economies China, Japan, India and South Korea with their counterparts in the world's leading oil producers, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, in addition to Iran and Russia.