The Foreign Ministers of The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) states called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 16 and talked about different facets of cooperation between the two sides. The ASEAN Foreign Ministers are in New Delhi as part of a two-day convention being hosted by India to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its relations with the 10-nation organization. The meeting between Modi and the ASEAN Foreign Ministers also had the presence of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.
Mr. Modi tweeted,” Had a good interaction with Foreign Ministers and Representatives of @ASEAN countries as we celebrate 30 years of close India-ASEAN cooperation,”
ASEAN is regarded as one of the most powerful associations in the region, with countries like India, the U.S., China, Japan, and Australia being its dialogue partners. It comprises Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei, the Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Myanmar.
In 1992, a sectoral partnership was established at the start of the ASEAN-India dialogue relations and later moved on to full dialogue partnership in December 1995, strategic partnership in 2012, and elevated to summit level partnership in 2002.
Mr. Jaishankar said in the meeting that India completely supports a strong, unified, and prosperous ASEAN with a key role in the Indo-Pacific, and both sides now should mark a new set of priorities.