Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday will co-chair the ASEAN summit in which India participates with 10 other nations. The summit will be held vitually and is expected to focus on various economic measures to recover from the financila blow dealth by the novel coronavirus pandemic and also ways to broaden strategic ties with each other.
Prime Minister Modi had attended the 16th ASEAN-India Summit in Bangkok in November 2019.
The summit will help review the ASEAN-India strategic partnership and will also take stock of progress made in key areas such as connectivity, maritime cooperation, trade and commerce, education and capacity building, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
“ASEAN-India strategic partnership stands on a strong foundation of shared geographical, historical and civilisational ties. India’s Act East Policy, underlining ASEAN centrality, reflects the importance, India attaches to engagement with ASEAN,” the statement read.
Along with PM Modi, the 17th India-ASEAN summit will also be co-chaired by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. “The leaders will discuss ways to further strengthen ASEAN-India engagement and in this context will note the adoption of ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2021-2025).