Like every year, ASEAN could not take their traditional Family Photo by holding each other’s hand! But still PM Modi contented that they all are meeting via virtual medium.
First of all, he praised Vietnam, the current Chair of ASEAN, and Thailand, India’s current country coordinator in ASEAN. Despite the COVID led painful problems, they have fulfilled their responsibilities well.
India and ASEAN’s Strategic Partnership is based on their shared rich historical, geographical and cultural heritage. The ASEAN Group is the nodal center of India’s Act East Policy since the very beginning.
There is ample closeness between India’s “Indo Pacific Oceans Initiative” and ASEAN’s “Outlook on Indo Pacific”. They firmly believe that a “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN” is essential for “Security and Growth for All in the Region”.
Speeding up all types of connectivity initiatives between India and ASEAN – physical, economic, social, digital, financial, maritime – is the top priority for them.
They have come very close in all these areas in the last few years. PM surmised that today’s interaction, even if it is happening via virtual medium, will be advantageous in further reducing their differences.
PM once again thanked all of them for today’s interaction.