New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who co-chaired the 18th India-ASEAN Summit, on Thursday highlighted New Delhi’s efforts within the battle in opposition to the Covid-19 pandemic within the area and in addition reiterated help for ASEAN’s initiatives on this regard.
“All of us confronted a variety of challenges because of the Covid-19 pandemic. However this difficult time in a means was additionally the take a look at of India-ASEAN friendship. Our mutual cooperation and mutual sympathy since Covid occasions will proceed to strengthen our relationship in future and would be the foundation of goodwill amongst our individuals. Historical past is witness that India and ASEAN have had vibrant relations for hundreds of years,” Prime Minister Modi mentioned.
The Prime Minister mentioned 2022 will mark the completion of 30 years of our partnership and expressed his delight to have a good time this essential milestone because the ‘Yr of ASEAN-India Friendship’.
“The yr 2022 will mark the completion of 30 years of our partnership. India will even full seventy-five years of its independence. I’m very completely happy that we’ll have a good time this essential milestone because the ‘Yr of ASEAN-India Friendship’,” mentioned Prime Minister Modi.
“India is dedicated to additional strengthen ties beneath the forthcoming Presidency of Cambodia and our Nation Coordinator, Singapore,” he added.
Prime Minister Modi congratulated Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei for his profitable presidency of ASEAN in 2021.
“This yr too, now we have not been in a position to take our conventional household picture, however nearly, now we have maintained the continuity of the custom of ASEAN-India summit,” he mentioned.
Asserting “that is additionally mirrored in our shared values, traditions, languages, texts, structure, tradition, delicacies and many others”, Prime Minister Modi mentioned: “And due to this fact, the unity and centrality of ASEAN has at all times been an essential precedence for India. This particular function of ASEAN, India’s Act East Coverage which is contained in our Safety and Development for All within the Area i.e. “SAGAR” coverage. India’s Indo Pacific Oceans Initiative and ASEAN’s Outlook for the Indo-Pacific are the framework for our shared imaginative and prescient and mutual cooperation within the Indo-Pacific area.”