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India, ASEAN vow to step up ties in maritime sector, boost connectivity

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

and ASEAN have resolved to strengthen ties by deepening cooperation in the maritime sector and boosting connectivity.

The two sides made the affirmations at the 21st Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) held here on April 11-12, the (MEA) said.

The meeting was co-chaired by Vijay Thakur Singh, (East), Ministry of External Affairs, and Busaya Mathelin, SOM Leader and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

The SOM reviewed the strategic partnership and its future direction.

It assessed the progress of cooperation under all three pillars -- political-security, economic and socio-cultural, the MEA said.

The SOM leaders also exchanged views on regional and international issues of interest to ASEAN and India.

They agreed to deepen maritime cooperation as decided at the Commemorative Summit 2018. In this context, they proposed to undertake a variety of measures, including enhanced cooperation in the sub-sector of Blue Economy, the MEA said.

It was decided at the meeting to give an impetus to ASEAN-India connectivity in all its forms.

The two sides also discussed the ways and means to further deepen cooperation on financial matters as well as overall strengthening of the

The two sides also vowed to step up cooperation in and hold an ASEAN-India Conference on in 2019. The Energy and (TERI) and the (ACE) would be the co-partners for this project.

The is being implemented through the "Plan of Action (2016-20) to implement the for peace, progress and shared prosperity".

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 11:40 IST