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Europe-Asia Summit Opens In Mongolia

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrives for the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Ulan Bator, Mongolia on July 15.

Leaders of countries from Ireland to Indonesia are meeting in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, for a summit that has been overshadowed by an attack in Nice, France, that left more than 80 people dead.

The Asia-Europe (ASEM) group's biannual summit opened on July 15 with leaders holding a minute of silence for the victims of the attack in France.

Efforts to combat terrorism are on the agenda for the summit, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.The event seeks to strengthen the global system of cooperation agreements in a wide range of areas including aviation and trade.

China plans to use the summit to promote its One Belt, One Road program, which is aimed at developing infrastructure projects throughout Eurasia.

ASEM leaders are also expected to discuss the consequences of Britain's recent referendum on leaving the European Union. The United Kingdom does not have high-level representation at the event because of the recent cabinet reshuffle there.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the two-day summit to discuss the conflict in Ukraine and the implementation of the Minsk agreements on resolving it.

Based on reporting by AFP, dpa, and Interfax