NEW DELHI: The strategic partnership of India and Asean is based on our shared historical, geographical and cultural heritage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday in his virtual address at the 17th Asean-India summit.
“There are many similarities between India’s ‘Indo Pacific Oceans Initiative’ & Asean’s ‘Outlook on Indo Pacific,” he said.
Stating that the group is central to India’s Pacific vision, Modi said ‘Asean has been the core of our Act East Policy.’ At the summit attended by 10 nations, PM Modi said, “a cohesive and responsive Asean needed for security and growth for all in region.”
The Prime Minister also underlined that every type of connectivity between India and Asean stands as major priority for the country.
Along with Modi, the 17th India-Asean summit was co-chaired by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Key areas on the agenda included review on the Asean-India strategic partnership and taking stock of the progress on connectivity, maritime cooperation, trade and commerce, education and capacity building, the MEA had said in a statement earlier.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is one of the most significant groups in the region. Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia are its members. India, the US, China, Japan and Australia are its dialogue partners. The summit took place amid the India-China standoff in eastern Ladakh.