We couldn’t take our family photo like every year, Prime Minister Modi says at the 17th ASEAN-India Summit
India-ASEAN’s strategic partnership builds on our shared historical, geographical and cultural heritage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, addressing the 17th ASEAN-India summit. “ASEAN has always been at the core of our Act East policy. There are many similarities between India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative and ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific Outlook, ”said the prime minister.
Prime Minister Modi spoke about the Covid-19 pandemic and said that, unlike in other years, there will not be a ‘family photo’ of the meeting.
“We want to increase connectivity between India and ASEAN in all sectors,” said the prime minister. Although the meeting is virtual, the effort is to bridge the gap between us, Prime Minister Modi said.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is one of the most important groups in the region. Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia are its members. India, the United States, China, Japan and Australia are their dialogue partners.