India Expresses Commitment to Peace, Security and Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific Region: India and Asean in a joint statement reaffirmed the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, stability, maritime safety, freedom of navigation and overflight in the Indo-Pacific region, and also commitment to peaceful resolution of disputes, in accordance with international law, including UNCLOS.
What More Has Been Said:
As Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar addressed the 19th Asean-India Summit in Phnom Penh, they called for the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership and increased collaboration against terrorism.
Key-Highlights Of ASEAN-India Meeting:
India hailed the deep cultural, economic and civilizational ties that have existed between India and South East Asia from time immemorial and stated that the India-ASEAN relationship forms the central pillar of India’s ACT-EAST policy. India reiterated its commitment to ASEAN’s significance in the Indo-Pacific.
ASEAN Centrality: India’s Emphasis:
As part of maintaining “ASEAN-Centrality”, the two sides reaffirmed the importance of deepening dialogue and coordination through ASEAN-led mechanisms including the ASEAN-India Summit, the East Asia Summit, the Post-Ministerial Conference with India (PMC+1), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus), the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF).
About 19th Asean-India Summit:
In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, India’s Vice President attended the 19th ASEAN-India Summit.
ASEAN and India adopted a joint statement announcing the elevation of the existing Strategic Partnership to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. It reaffirmed India’s commitment to enhancing India-ASEAN collaboration in a variety of areas, including marine activities, counter-terrorism, cyber security, digital economy, environment, science and technology, and tourism, among others. It proposes expediting the review of ASEAN-India Trade in Goods Agreement (AITIGA) to make it more user-friendly, simple, and trade-facilitative.
About Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN):
It is a regional grouping that promotes economic, political, and security cooperation. The founding fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, signed the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) in August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand. Its chairmanship rotates annually, based on the alphabetical order of the English names of Member States.
ASEAN is an organisation made up of 10 Southeast Asian countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.