STORY: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (January 24) in New Delhi.
The meeting comes ahead of the ASEAN-India Commemorative summit that will mark the 25th anniversary of the India-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) partnership.
“PM @narendramodi met with State Counsellor of Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The two leaders had a productive discussion on intensifying bilateral cooperation, including follow up on key decisions taken during PM’s visit to Myanmar in September 2017. #ASEANIndia #ActEast,” said Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar in a Twitter post.
India and Vietnam signed agreements on cooperation in space and information and broadcasting following the meeting of Phuc and Modi.
A range of issues including trade, defence, education were discussed during Modi’s meeting with Duterte.
“Delighted to meet Mr. Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines. The vigour and momentum in India-Philippines ties augur well for our nations and the Indo-Pacific region,” said Modi in a Twitter post.
Suu Kyi, Phuc and Duterte are among the 10 ASEAN leaders will be the chief guests at India’s Republic Day celebrations on Friday (January 26). ASEAN are important to India since it is part of the country’s ‘Look East’ policy and Modi’s ‘Act East’ policy