Joint Statement of the 4th MIKTA Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, 15 November 2014

1. The Fourth MIKTA Foreign Ministers’ Meeting took place in Brisbane on 15 November 2014 in the sidelines of the G20 Summit Meeting. The meeting was attended by H.E. Mr. José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico; H.E. Ms. Retno L. P. Marsudi, Foreign Minister of Indonesia; H.E. Mr. Yun Byung-se, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea; H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Foreign Minister of Turkey; and H.E. Ms. Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister of Australia.

2. The meeting was chaired by Minister Yun, as the ROK is currently serving as MIKTA's annual coordinator, and hosted by Minister Bishop. Minister Yun welcomed Minister Marsudi and Minister Çavuşoğlu to their first MIKTA meeting. On behalf of all MIKTA Ministers, Minister Yun also conveyed deep appreciation to Dr. Marty Natalegawa, former Foreign Minister of Indonesia, and H.E. Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of Turkey and former Foreign Minister, for their exceptional contribution to the development of MIKTA.

3. Ministers exchanged views on the international economic landscape, sharing their concerns over the continuing uncertainty in the global economy. Ministers emphasized the significance of investing in people which will generate decent jobs and incomes. Reaffirming the important role of the G20 as the premier forum for global economic cooperation, Ministers agreed that MIKTA countries have great potential to contribute to the G20's efforts in promoting the strong, sustainable and balanced growth of the global economy.

4. Ministers noted that MIKTA, as a consultative forum and innovative partnership, could play a bridging role between advanced countries and developing countries on key global issues. Ministers agreed to work to advance discussions in multilateral forums on: an ambitious development agenda beyond 2015; the important role of food security in sustainable development; a new effective, durable and flexible agreement on climate change that is applicable to all; the place of competitive and efficient energy markets in increasing access to affordable energy; and the contribution of open economic policies and an effective multilateral trading system to a strong global economy. They agreed to regular consultations among MIKTA permanent missions to the UN to share views on key issues of common interest, including the post-2015 development agenda. The ROK announced its plan to organize a workshop on the post-2015 development agenda as a side event of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) High-Level Symposium in April 2015.

5. Ministers also exchanged views on key regional peace and security matters, which included the threat posed by ISIL in Syria and Iraq, the crisis in Ukraine and the situation on the Korean Peninsula, among others. Ministers expressed grave concern about the ongoing crisis and instability in the Middle East which has displaced millions of people and inflicted an enormous social and economic cost on the countries of the region. Ministers called upon the international community to support the countries affected by the humanitarian crisis in order to mitigate the adverse effects on the region and the spillovers to the global economy.

6. In order to increase awareness of the MIKTA initiative and to strengthen bilateral ties among MIKTA countries, Ministers will explore ways to implement a public diplomacy strategy, student exchange programs and outreach activities, including academic seminars, joint projects with think-tanks and cultural exchange events.

7. Ministers agreed to hold the next ministerial meeting in Korea in May 2015 and to convene the first Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) in February 2015.