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PM leaves for Philippines to attend ASEAN Summit

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Modi today left for the Philippines, where he will participate in various bilateral and multilateral programmes, including the India- Summit.

On the eve of his departure, the Prime Minister had said that his visit to the to attend the India- Summit symbolises the country's commitment to deepening ties with the member states and the Indo-Pacific region as part of the 'Act East Policy'.

Apart from participating in the ASEAN-and East Summits, in the three-day visit, Modi would also take part in special celebrations of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders' Meeting and ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.

"My participation in them symbolises India's commitment to continue deepening relationship with ASEAN Member States, in particular, and with the Indo-Pacific region, in general, within the framework of my Government's Act East Policy," the prime minister had said in a statement yesterday.

Modi said he looks forward to having a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte and will also have interactions with other ASEAN and East Summit Leaders.

He said he was also looking towards connecting with the Indian community in the

The 10-member grouping ASEAN and comprise a total population of 1.85 billion people which is one-fourth of the global population. The combined GDP has been estimated at over 3.8 trillion dollars.

Trade between and ASEAN stood at USD 65.04 billion in 2015-16 and comprises 10.12 per cent of India's total trade with the world.

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First Published: Sun, November 12 2017. 10:02 IST