|PRIME MINISTER |
| Opening Statement by Prime Minister at 15th ASEAN-India Summit, Manila (November 14, 2017)|
| ||New Delhi: November 14,2017 |
|Your Excellency President Duterte,
I am delighted to be on my first visit to Manila in this landmark 50th
year of ASEAN’s establishment.
We are also celebrating 25 years of ASEAN – India dialogue partnership.
I compliment the Philippines for its able stewardship of ASEAN during
this significant year and thank you, Mr. President, for the excellent
arrangements made for this Summit.
I also thank the honourable Prime Minister of Vietnam for Vietnam’s
contribution as Country Coordinator to further strengthen the
ASEAN’s remarkable journey is indeed worthy of reflection as much as it
is of celebration.
On this historic occasion, I am confident that ASEAN will further
resolve to work together with one vision, one identity and as one
India’s Act East Policy is shaped around the ASEAN, and its centrality
in the regional security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region is
Our wide-ranging agenda of cooperation under the 3rd ASEAN-India Plan of
Action has progressed well covering the three crucial pillars of
politico-security, economic and cultural partnership.
Maritime links established thousands of years ago between India and
ASEAN countries have enabled our trade relations in the past and we have
to work closely to further strengthen them.
India assures the ASEAN of its steady support towards achieving a
rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the
region’s interests and its peaceful development.
We have individually strived very hard to fight terrorism and violent
extremism. It is time that we jointly address this challenge by
intensifying cooperation in this crucial area.
The befitting theme of ‘Shared Values, Common Destiny’ for our 25th
anniversary celebrations has been jointly celebrated with a number of
I look forward to a befitting culmination of the commemorative year and
receiving you at the India-ASEAN Special Commemorative Summit on 25
January 2018 in New Delhi.
The 1.25 billion people of India are keen to welcome the ASEAN Leaders
as our Chief Guests at India’s 69th Republic Day Celebrations.
I am committed to working with you to realize our common destiny.
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