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ASEAN leaders arrive for R-Day parade

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

(ASEAN) leaders have arrived for the parade at here on Friday.

For the first time ever, leaders of 10 ASEAN countries - Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, (Burma), Cambodia, and have graced the parade as chief guests in the capital.

The parade ceremony commenced at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at Gate, where the led the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath.

An eternal flame burns at the Amar Jawan Jyoti to commemorate the indomitable courage of the Armed Forces personnel, who have made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the motherland. The Amar Jawan, the immortal soldier, is symbolised by a reversed rifle standing on its barrel and crested by a soldier's helmet.

On Thursday, and the 10-member ASEAN agreed to further strengthen the economic relations amongst themselves.

The leaders agreed to "strengthen ASEAN-economic relations, including through the full utilisation and effective implementation of the Area, and intensify efforts in 2018 toward the swift conclusion of a modern, comprehensive, high quality, and mutually beneficial (RCEP)."

India hosted a two-day India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit which is expected to give a boost to the cooperation in key areas of counter-terrorism, security and connectivity.

The summit marks 25 years of Indo-ASEAN ties.

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First Published: Fri, January 26 2018. 10:25 IST