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Republic Day 2018: 10 ASEAN leaders to be chief guests

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

(MEA) (East) on Wednesday said that leaders of 10 (ASEAN) countries have confirmed their participation in the 2018 celebrations.

Modi had invited the leaders to be the chief guests.

"The Summit will take place on January 25, followed by the celebrations for which all the 10 leaders from the countries have confirmed their participation in the commemorative Summit as well as to be guests of honour at the Republic Day", said Saran in a

"In the course of last one year, we have been celebrating 25 years of India-ASEAN relations, 15 years of summit partnership and 5 years of our strategic partnership. It began last year in January with the conference, that was held on Cultural and civilisational linkages in Jakarta", she added.

East also recalled Sushma Swaraj's South East visit to Thailand, and

"had very successful meetings and bilateral discussions in all the three countries. But in the ASEAN context it was significant because is going to be the for India-ASEAN relations from July this year onwards", said the East.

Yesterday, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs of the Republic of Dr was called on Modi in the national capital.

The warmly recalled the successful visit of Indonesian to in December 2016, and said that he is looking forward to welcoming the in again later this month, when leaders of ASEAN countries will visit the country for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and will also be the chief guests at the celebrations thereafter.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 19:55 IST