Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 11
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc will co-chair the 17th ASEAN-India Summit on Thursday.
The leaders of all ten ASEAN member states will participate in the Summit. The Summit will be held online, said an MEA news release.
The Summit takes place days before the ASEAN inks a free trade agreement from which India had opted out. The pact includes China, Japan, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand.
The Summit 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 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 Summit.
The MEA said the ASEAN-India Summits provide the opportunity for the two sides to engage at the highest level.
The prime minister attended the 16th ASEAN-India Summit in Bangkok in November last year. The 17th ASEAN-India Summit will be the eighth ASEAN-India Summit attended by him.