PM Narendra Modi left for Laos’s capital Vientiane to attend the 14th ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations)-Indian summit on Wednesday. There he will meet with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. His two day visit begins on Wednesday.
Narendra Modi on Tuesday night said that India is eager to improve digital and physical connectivity with the South East Asian nations.
In his Facebook post he said strategic partnership with ASEAN will help to promote India’s security and contradicting traditional and non-traditional challenges in the region.
He added that India’s ties with South East Asian nations are historic.
He stated in a statement that ASEAN is a key partner for the ‘Act East’ policy and it is vital for the economic development of the Northeastern region. PM Modi further said that East Asia is the best forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities before the Asia Pacific region. He said, “our engagement and approach can be best encapsulated in just one word – connectivity.”
Suresh Kumar Reddy, Indian Ambassador to ASEAN said to the media that the ASEAN summit is expected to set an agenda which will make stronger the ties which help India to achieve its aims for Socio-Economic Growth.
Reddy added that this summit will help to provide important partners to India who can support Indian industries and bring resources and technology. He added the areas where the further cooperation is needed between India and ASEAN countries are non-traditional security areas, agriculture, cyber crimes and climate change.
The world leaders will review the progress of completion of the ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025 during the summit.
The ASEAN leaders are expected to meet with state, government partners including India, China, Japan, Australia, Korea and the US.