PM Modi will virtually attend the ASEAN-India Summit on October 28, which will review the strategic partnership between the progress made in areas of trade and investment, post-Covid-19 economic recovery and connectivity. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said PM Modi would also attend the 16th East Asia Summit virtually on Wednesday to address the local and international interests and concerns about maritime security and terrorism.
The 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is considered the most critical group in the region, and India and many other countries like the US, China, Japan and Australia, are its dialogue partners. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend 18th ASEAN-India Summit to be held virtually on October 28 at the invitation of Sultan of Brunei,” the MEA announced.
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The ties between India and ASEAN have been improving in the past few years, with the focus being on rising participation in the areas of trade and investment as well as security and defence. The East Asia Summit is the premier forum in the Asia-Pacific region to deal with issues related to security and protection. The MEA said the ASEAN-India Summit would be attended by heads of state and governments of the member countries of the grouping. “ASEAN-India Partnership holds a strong foundation of shared geographical, historical and civilisational ties. ASEAN is central to our Act East Policy and our vision of the Indo-Pacific,” the MEA added.