On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a contribution of $1 million to COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund at the virtually held 17th ASEAN-India Summit. Addressing leaders from 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries, PM Modi also highlighted the country's response and broader support to the international community and welcomed the association's initiatives to fight the pandemic.
In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said, "On COVID-19, the Prime Minister highlighted India's response and broader support to the international community and welcomed ASEAN's initiatives to fight the pandemic. Prime Minister announced a contribution of $1 million to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund. The Prime Minister also underscored the importance of greater physical and digital connectivity between ASEAN and India and reiterated India's offer of US$ 1 billion Line of Credit to support ASEAN connectivity."
The leaders also welcomed the adoption of the new ASEAN-India Plan of Action for 2021-2025, the MEA said.
It further said, "The discussions also covered regional and international issues of common interest and concern, including the South China Sea and terrorism. Both sides noted the importance of promoting a rules-based order in the region including through upholding adherence to international law, especially the UNCLOS."