STORY: Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday (January 07) vowed to deepen ties with the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries in order to strengthen bilateral relations.
Swaraj was speaking at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) or Overseas Indian Conference celebration in Singapore.
Swaraj further highlighted the potential and promises in the defining partnership between India and South-East Asia. She also added that ASEAN’S leadership and centrality is vital for prosperity of the Indo- pacific region.
ASEAN are important to India since it is part of the country’s ‘Look East’ policy and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Act East’ policy.
The ASEAN is a regional grouping of 10 nations, comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.