sincerely thank you for your support for India-ASEAN partnership and
your commitment to further strengthen and broaden it. I am also grateful
for your valuable thoughts and suggestions on the future direction of
our relationship. I also look forward to meeting you bilaterally here
and in Delhi.
I also thank the ASEAN-India Eminent Persons Group for its report on
India-ASEAN Partnership. The Groupís recommendations provide valuable
guidance for our deepening partnership, not only for mutual benefit, but
also for peace and stability, growth and prosperity in the wider
I have no doubt that the conclusion of the Agreement on Trade in
Services and Investments, together with our existing Agreement on Trade
in Goods, will be a springboard for rapid expansion in our economic
relations. The promising initiatives for cooperation in diverse sectors
will add additional depth and range to our cooperation.
Indiaís large markets and rapid growth offer enormous opportunities for
investments. We are taking a series of steps to further improve
investment environment and accelerate growth. We look forward to
increased ASEAN investments into India. At the same time, India will
offer its own resources, expertise and experience to support growth and
development in ASEAN countries, where such needs exist. I am pleased
that Indian private sector has increased its presence in the region. I
would also like to stress the importance of creating an environment that
makes it easier for our professionals, entrepreneurs, students and
tourists to travel between India and ASEAN countries.
Improved connectivity between India and ASEAN will be vital for
deepening our economic integration as well as our strategic partnership.
India and ASEAN have a shared interest in maritime security,
counter-terrorism, anti-piracy and disaster management. We would like to
see the emergence of an open, balanced, inclusive architecture that
promotes peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific Region.
This is a time of challenges in the region, but also of immense
opportunities to shape its future. I am convinced that India and ASEAN
can play an important and constructive role in building the regional
architecture. Tomorrow, we will participate in the seventh East Asia
Summit and launch the RCEP negotiations.
This 10th ASEAN India Summit in Phnom Penh is a significant milestone in
our partnership. There is great expectation for the future. I am
confident that India and ASEAN countries will build a comprehensive
strategic partnership. The Commemorative Summit provides us an occasion
to define our vision for the future.
Excellencies, I look forward to receiving you in New Delhi for the
Commemorative Summit. Once again, I would like to thank our Host
Cambodia and Prime Minister Hun Sen for their very warm hospitality and
for Cambodiaís role in helping us to scale new heights in the
ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership.