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India shares Asean vision for rules-based societies and values of peace: PM

Maritime security cooperation has been our major focus during discussions, said PM Narendra Modi at plenary session of India-ASEAN summit

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the ASEAN Heads of State/Governments at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi Photo: PTI

Leaders of India and on Thursday discussed ways to boost maritime security, connectivity and trade, as asserted that India shares the vision for rule-based societies and pitched for freedom of navigation in the region.

The India-Commemorative Summit, with highest-level of participation from all the 10 member-countries of the grouping, began with releasing commemorative stamps in the presence of leaders to mark 25 years of Indo-ties.

Addressing the plenary session, said India shares the Asean's vision for rule-based societies and values of peace.

Freedom of navigation will be a key focus of India-in the maritime domain, he said.

The highest level of participation at the summit comes in the backdrop of increasing Chinese economic and military assertiveness in the region.


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rime Minister in a retreat meeting with the Heads of State/Governments at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi Photo: PTI
Some experts feel that the meet can be an opportunity for India to present itself as a powerful ally to these countries in the strategic areas of trade and connectivity.

The leaders will also be chief guests at the on Friday which was termed by as "historic and unprecedented".

According to officials, the summit is expected to give a boost to India-cooperation in key areas of counter-terrorism, security and connectivity.

Earlier, hosted a lunch in honour of leaders, who along with also participated in a retreat session during which the leaders had a "free and frank" discussion on "maritime cooperation and security".

had also had bilateral meetings with six leaders, including his counterparts from and Singapore, which is the current chair of the grouping.

First Published: Thu, January 25 2018. 19:50 IST
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