New Delhi, September 12
India and the 10-nation ASEAN on Saturday carried out a complete overview of their strategic partnership in a spread of areas, together with maritime cooperation, and adopted a brand new five-year plan of motion to additional enhance general ties.
The two sides additionally exchanged views on vital regional and worldwide developments and mentioned methods to strengthen cooperation to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, at an ASEAN-India digital assembly, officers stated.
It was co-chaired by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai. Foreign ministers of all ASEAN member nations attend the assembly, the Ministry of External Affairs stated.
The 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is taken into account one of the vital influential groupings within the area, and India and several other different nations, together with the US, China, Japan and Australia, are its dialogue companions.
The assembly passed off at a time when China is increasing its army aggressiveness within the South China Sea and is locked in a bitter border row with India in jap Ladakh. It will not be instantly identified whether or not these points figured within the deliberations or not.
Quite a few ASEAN member nations are engaged in territorial disputes with Beijing within the South China Sea.
“The meeting reviewed the status of ASEAN-India strategic partnership in several areas including maritime cooperation, connectivity, education & capacity building and people-to-people contacts,” the MEA stated.
It stated the assembly additionally reviewed the progress in implementation of the ASEAN-India plan of motion (2016-2020) and adopted a brand new plan of motion for the following 5 years.
The plan of motion supplies for deepening cooperation in an array of areas together with commerce, funding and people-to-people contact.
“The meeting also reviewed the preparations for the upcoming 17th ASEAN-India summit and also the progress in the implementation of key decisions of the leaders of ASEAN member states and India arrived at the 16th ASEAN-India Summit held in Bangkok in November 2019 and the previous summits,” the MEA stated.
It stated the ministers mentioned methods to strengthen cooperation to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and exchanged views on vital regional and worldwide developments.
The ties between India and ASEAN have been on an upswing.
The ASEAN area together with India collectively includes a mixed inhabitants of 1.85 billion individuals, which is one-fourth of the worldwide inhabitants, and their mixed GDP has been estimated at over USD 3.eight trillion.
Investment from ASEAN to Indian has been over USD 70 billion within the final 17 years accounting for greater than 17 per cent of India’s whole FDI.
ASEAN member nations are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. — PTI