This 26th January, India is extremely delighted to have the gracious presence of all 10 ASEAN nations for the Republic Day Parade and celebration. ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the members are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia,Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. This is the very first time when so many eminent leaders are the chief guests at our Republic Day Parade.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has some motives to invite the leaders and consult with them. According to the External Affairs Ministry, India and ASEAN are binding 25 years of interacting relationship with 15 years of summit level interaction and 5 years of strategic partnership with wide range of activities in both India and ASEAN members. ‘Shared Value, Common Destiny’ is the theme of the summit. As China is increasing its regional profile, so other ASEAN members want India to grow its regional profile too.
When he met Vietnam’s PM they discussed about cooperate in trade and investment, defense maritime and some other areas too.There were agreements which were signed in the areas of Information and Broadcasting and space cooperation.
After that he met Philippines’s President and they talked about the major subjects of both the countries such as trade and investment, defense and security, education and people to people cooperation.To facilitate investment the agreement was signed by both the leaders.
Myanmar’s state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi met Narendra Modi and discussed about the intensifying bilateral cooperation. Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand with his wife; Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of Philippines; His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei; Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore were greeted by other officials of Indian Parliament.
This meet between India and ASEAN members will be beneficial for all the nations and the agreements will upgrade India’s profile. It’s really a proud moment for India and all the citizens of the country.
Posted By - Srishti Sharma and Bhavna Sharma