Global leaders attend seventh East Asia Summit in Cambodia

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Led by US President Barack Obama, Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao and Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, world leaders attended the seventh East Asia Summit (EAS) in Phnom Penh on Tuesday (November 20).

The forum held annually includes leaders of initially 16 countries in the East Asian region, but later the membership was expanded to 18 countries including the United States and Russia.

During the meeting, India welcomed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations and stressed on the need for increased cooperation between the 16 countries of the bloc.

The East Asian region comprises of more than three billion of the world’s population and approximately 40 percent of the GDP.

Singh arrived in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on Sunday (November 18) for a three-day visit to attend the 10th ASEAN-India Summit and the seventh East Asia Summit (EAS).

India’s Dialogue Partnership with the ASEAN countries is one of the cornerstones of its Look East Policy.

India sees this partnership as a step to further economic growth and prosperity, peace and stability in the region.

The EAS summits are held after the ASEAN meeting. The first summit was held in Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2005.