PM Modi in Bangkok, Thailand Speaks at the ASEAN Summit 2019

PM Modi in Bangkok, Thailand: Speaks at the ASEAN Summit 2019

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Thailand on his three-day visit (from 2 Nov to 4 Nov) to the country to attend ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) related Summits, including the 16th Indian-ASEAN Summit and other programs and also interact with world leaders from different countries and the dynamic Indian community in Thailand.

After reaching Thailand, he tweeted on his official handle-

“Reached Thailand to take part in the ASEAN related Summits including the India-ASEAN Summit and other programmes. I look forward to interacting with world leaders as well as Thailand’s dynamic Indian community during this visit.”

The PM co-chaired the 16th ASEAN-India Summit with Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha on Sunday. During his address at the summit in Bangkok, PM Modi said that ASEAN is an indispensable part of India’s Act East Policy. Also, he said that the Line of Credit of 1 billion dollars extended by India would help ensure physical and digital connectivity.

He said-

“USD 1 billion line of credit will be useful for physical and digital connectivity. Our intention is to greatly increase the traffic of people for study, research, trade, and tourism. To achieve this goal, India is ready to increase partnership with the ASEAN in the area of mutual interests.”

Looking at the significant sign of India’s rising profile, the 10-nation ASEAN appreciated New Delhi’s growing role in the Indo-Pacific region. The two sides, having a combined GDP of USD 5 trillion, pledged to facilitate a broad base strategic ties and confront huge challenges such as terrorism unitedly.

Further, PM Modi said that implementing the decisions taken during previous summits have aided in strengthening ties between both the nations. At the summit, he also spoke about the cross border terrorism, the spreading violent extremism, and the situation in the South China Sea, emphasizing the need for even greater cooperation between India and the ASEAN.

He said-

“I welcome the mutual coordination of the Indo-Pacific Outlook between India and the ASEAN. India’s Act East Policy is an important part of our Indo-Pacific vision. The ASEAN is and always will be the heart of our Act East Policy. Integrated, organised and economically developing ASEAN is in India’s basic interest.”

Moreover, PM Modi said at the summit that India is ready to further its capacity building and partnerships in areas like agriculture, science, research, ICT, and engineering. He also said-

“I welcome the recent decision to review the ASEAN-India FTA. This will not only make our economic relations more stronger, but our trade will also be balanced. We also want to strengthen our partnership in the areas of maritime security and blue economy.”

The PM also went on to declare that India would be looking forward to creating an endowment of Rs 50 million to promote exchanges between faculty and students who belong to the India-ASEAN network.

According to the officials, the most important takeaway from the 16th India-ASEAN summit was the acknowledgment of India’s growing role in the Indo-Pacific by the ASEAN leaders after the bloc came out with an “Outlook” for the region.

Support towards India’s role gains significance as it came amid the geopolitical power play in the Indo-Pacific region and growing territorial disputes between China and various ASEAN countries.

Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said-

“All the ASEAN countries appreciated India’s growing role (in the Indo-Pacific) region and that India’s growing role is a factor of peace and stability in the region. That is the broad approach of the ASEAN.”

He added-

“They expressed keen interest in enhancing partnership maritime and cyber domains.”

Watch PM Modi’s Address at the 16th Indian-ASEAN Summit here:

Also, earlier, he addressed the Indian community in Bangkok in Thailand. Watch it here:

Then, PM Modi addressed another program as Aditya Birla Group completed 50 years in Thailand. Watch it here:

Soon after, PM Modi held a meeting with Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to further bilateral cooperation and even thanked him and his govt for great hospitality.

“Had an excellent meeting with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. We talked about ways to expand cooperation between India and Thailand. I also thanked him for the wonderful hospitality of the people as well as Government of Thailand.”

After the Indian-ASEAN Summit, PM Modi met various world leaders on the sidelines of the summit. About the meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, he tweeted-

“Happy to have met President @jokowi. Our talks today were wide-ranging. We discussed ways to expand cooperation between India and Indonesia in areas such as trade and culture.”

Later, he held a productive meeting with Myanmar’s State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and wrote in a tweet-

“Productive interaction with Myanmar’s State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. We had in-depth deliberations on adding further momentum to India-Myanmar friendship.

Myanmar is at the core of our Act East policy. Stronger bilateral ties augur well for the people of our nations.”

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