MIL-OSI Asia-Pac: Indian PM: ASEAN’s centrality is India’s important priority


Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Addressing the 18th ASEAN-India Summit on October 28, Modi said India always sees the unity and centrality of ASEAN as a priority. The lively relations of India and ASEAN for thousands of years is reflected in shared values, languages, traditions, architecture, scriptures, culture, and food.

He added that India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) and ASEAN’s Outlook for the Indo-Pacific are the framework for their shared vision and mutual cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

Noting that the year 2022 will mark the 30th anniversary of the India-ASEAN partnership, Modi said the important milestone will be celebrated as the “ASEAN-India Friendship Year”.

He stressed that India pledges to further deepen ties with Cambodia – alternate ASEAN Chair next year, and Singapore – coordinator of ASEAN-India partnership.

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