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India affirms commitment to boost engagement with ASEAN

By Religare

India has affirmed its commitment to provide momentum to its engagement with the "close-knit" ASEAN community, as the 10-member economic bloc agreed on a new action plan in areas like IT and healthcare, said an official statement.

Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh told the ASEAN-India ministerial meeting that this year had a special significance for ASEAN-India strategic partnership.

"We set up our independent mission to ASEAN in March, which I believe will help bring more focus, synergy and momentum to our engagement with ASEAN," he said.


"With the ASEAN Summit in November this year, we will see the coming together of ASEAN as a close-knit economic community," he said at the meet at Putra World Trade Centre.

Singh said India is looking forward to adopt this plan of action for the next five years at the 13th ASEAN-India Summit in November.

The current five-year plan (2010-2015) to implement ASEAN-India partnership for peace, progress and shared prosperity, would expire at the end of this year.

Leaders reviewed the entire gamut of relationship between ASEAN and India and also shared ideas on further enhancing bilateral ties in various areas.

ASEAN members include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Story first published: Thursday, August 6, 2015, 23:00 [IST]
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