PM to co-chair 17th ASEAN-India summit with Vietnamese counterpart

Phuc & Modi
PM Narendra Modi with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc (File photo)

New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will co-chair the 17th ASEAN-India Summit tomorrow with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

The leaders of all ten ASEAN Member States will participate in the summit which will be held virtually.

During the summit, both sides will review the status of ASEAN-India strategic partnership and take stock of progress made in key areas such as connectivity, maritime cooperation, trade and commerce, education and capacity building, the External Affairs Ministry said.

The ASEAN 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).

“COVID-19, post-pandemic economic recovery and important regional and international developments will also be discussed at the virtual summit,” the ministry further said.

ASEAN-India summits provide the opportunity for India and ASEAN to engage at the highest level. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 16th ASEAN-India Summit in Bangkok in November last year.

The 17th ASEAN-India Summit will be the eighth summit attended by PM Modi.

“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 MEA said.

-RJV