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ASEAN Summit opens at convention centre in Myanmar capital

ANI  |  Naypyidaw (Myanmar) 

The 25th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit opened today in the capital city of Naypyidaw at the Myanmar International Convention Centre (MICC).

Leaders of different nations have gathered under one roof to address the summit on the first day.

Ahead of the summit, tight security was deployed in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw with policemen patrolling at various checkpoints and inspecting vehicles at the entrance.

Ten ASEAN countries, United States, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, India, Australia and New Zealand will hold talks during the meeting.

Later in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the 12th ASEAN-India Summit.

The Prime Minister had arrived in Myanmar on Tuesday, following which he met with that country's President, Thein Sein.

During their meeting, Prime Minister Modi and President Sein discussed the strengthening of ties between New Delhi and Nay Pyi Taw in the fields of culture, commerce and connectivity.

Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to meet with leaders of the East Asia Summit (EAS) nations during his visit.

India-Myanmar relations are rooted in shared historical, ethnic, cultural and religious ties.

As the land of Lord Buddha, India is a country of pilgrimage for the people of that nation. The geographical proximity has also helped develop and sustain cordial relations and facilitated people-to-people contact.

India and Myanmar share a long land border of over 1600 kilometre and a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal.

First Published: Wed, November 12 2014. 09:55 IST