The Prime Minister said that India’s Act East Policy is “shaped around the ASEAN, and its centrality in the regional security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region is evident”.
“Our wide-ranging agenda of cooperation under the Third Asean-India Plan of Action has progressed well covering the three crucial pillars of politico-security, economic and cultural partnership,” he stated.
“Maritime links established thousands of years ago between India and ASEAN countries have enabled our trade relations in the past and we have to work closely to further strengthen them.”
Modi assured ASEAN of India’s support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attested to the region’s interests and its peaceful development.
He concluded by saying the 1.25 billion people of India were keen to welcome the ASEAN leaders as the chief guests at next year’s Republic Day Celebrations.
Earlier in the day, Modi addressed the 12th East Asia Summit, a premier forum of the Asean member states and eight other countries.
“We look forward to the East Asia Summit attaining greater salience in years to come,” he said in his remarks.