Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 18th ASEAN-India Summit on Thursday and discussed regional and global issues with ASEAN partners.

At a virtual meeting today, the Prime Minister said the country had decided I am celebrating 2022 as the “Year of Friendship between India and ASEAN” to commemorate 30 years of the ASEAN-India partnership.

“Today I attended the 18th ASEAN-India Summit. Exchange of views with ASEAN partners regional and global issues. India values ​​its strategic partnership with ASEAN. To commemorate 30 years of the ASEAN-India partnership, we have decided to celebrate 2022 as the ‘India-ASEAN friendship’ year, “Prime Minister tweeted participated in the 18th ASEAN-India Summit. Exchange of views with ASEAN partners on regional and global issues. India values ​​its strategic partnership with ASEAN. To commemorate 30 years of the ASEAN-India partnership, we have decided to celebrate 2022 as the “India-ASEAN Friendship Year”.

According to the official publication, the East Asia Summit is the most important forum in the Indo-Pacific region led by heads of state and government . Since its inception in 2005, it has played a significant role in the strategic and geopolitical development of East Asia.

In addition to the 10 ASEAN member states, the East Asia Summit includes India, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Russia, the press release reads.

India, as a founding member of the East Asia Summit, has committed to strengthening the East Asia Summit and making it more effective in addressing the current challenges.

ASEAN-India Summits are held annually and offer India and ASEAN the opportunity to get involved at the highest level.

PM Modi attended the 17th ASEAN-India Summit, held virtually last November. The latest edition will be the ninth ASEAN-India Summit he is attending.

The ASEAN-India strategic partnership rests on a strong foundation of shared geographic, historical and civilizational ties. ASEAN is central to our Act East Policy and our broader vision of the Indo-Pacific. The year 2022 marks 30 years of ASEAN-India relations.

India and ASEAN have several dialogue mechanisms that meet regularly, including a summit, ministerial meetings and meetings of senior officials. Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar virtually attended the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers Meeting and the EAS Foreign Ministers Meeting in August 2021.

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