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Asean-India senior officials’ meeting reviews strategic partnership, future direction

The Meeting Wednesday saw the participation of Senior Officials from other ASEAN Member States. The SOM reviewed the ASEAN-India strategic partnership and its future direction. 

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New Delhi: Ahead of the two-day Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting that begins here tomorrow, Secretary (East), Saurabh Kumar co-chaired the 24th ASEAN-India Senior Officials’ Meeting, with Permanent Secretary of Singapore Albert Chua.

The Meeting Wednesday saw the participation of Senior Officials from other ASEAN Member States. The SOM reviewed the ASEAN-India strategic partnership and its future direction. 

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As India and ASEAN celebrate the 30th anniversary of their Dialogue Relations, the SOM leaders made their assessment on the progress of cooperation under all three pillars of Partnership – political-security, economic and socio-cultural. 

The Meeting also deliberated on the steps for further implementation of ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2021-2025). The two sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest including the COVID-19 pandemic and post pandemic recovery.

Secretary (East) welcomed the positive contributions and continued support of Singapore in strengthening ASEAN-India Relations as the Country Coordinator. 

Underlining the centrality of ASEAN in India’s vision of the Indo-Pacific, he emphasized the implementation of ASEAN-India Joint Statement on Cooperation on ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP) to strengthen the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership. The ASEAN side appreciated India’s support to ASEAN and ASEAN-led architecture in the region, an official statement said.

The two sides also took stock of a calendar of activities to celebrate the year 2022 as ASEAN-India Friendship Year to mark the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-India Partnership. The strong historical and cultural ties between India and ASEAN continue to provide the solid foundation for ASEAN-India partnership as it enters its fourth decade.

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