Sushma Swaraj meets ASEAN Secretary General in Jakarta

Pauline Gross
January 9, 2018

Ministers called on Asean and India to press on with economic integration, with Singapore's leaders plumping, in particular, for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact as a key way to do so.

"We are not sending invitations for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to any SAARC country except Sri Lanka", the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.

The annual conference, that celebrates the achievements and contributions of the Indian diaspora, is being held with an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) theme this year, to mark 25 years of dialogue partnership between India and the regional bloc. "In whichever country he goes, he makes strong individual friendship in addition to establishing good relations between the two countries", Swaraj said addressing Indian diasporas at the ASEAN-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Singapore.

She said the Indo Pacific region is increasingly seen as a connectivity pathway - much of the world's trade passes through these oceans.

"India is one of the main strategic partners of ASEAN", Hoi stated here during the meeting of ASEAN-India Network of Think-Tanks on Saturday.

India is ASEAN's 7th largest trading partner.

Noting the 25-year milestone of ASEAN-India partnership, she said, "Our dialogue partnership has evolved into a strategic partnership".

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ASEAN comprises of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Singers Sonam Kalra and Raghu Dixit also performed during the event in Singapore while veteran actor-director Satish Kaushik took a masterclass as part of the ASEAN India Cinefest.

"As India's economy grows its ties will deepen, its trade and investment flow will grow", she said.

"ASEAN and India share a common interest to keep these vital conduits of trade and economic exchange open", said Teo.

"The increasing dominance and reputation of India in the world is because of the personality of Prime Minister Modi".

Later in the day, she will address the Indian community in the capital city.

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