Tribune News Service
New Delhi, 25 October
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the “ASEAN Plus One” summit with India to be held on Thursday.
Prime Minister Modi’s talks will be held alongside the main showpiece events as well as the 38th and 39th summits of ASEAN which are being held virtually.
The “ASEAN Plus One” series will begin on Tuesday with separate consultations with the US, South Korea and China.
The Prime Minister will also attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) on Wednesday.
“The 18th ASEAN-India Summit will review the status of the strategic partnership and take stock of the progress made in key areas including COVID-19, trade and commerce, connectivity and education. Important regional and international developments, including economic recovery after the pandemic, will also be discussed, an official statement said.
Ahead of the India-ASEAN summit, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar had virtually participated in the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in August. Minister of State for Commerce Anupriya Patel participated in discussions with ASEAN economic ministers in September.
India’s top priorities are to review FTAs in goods with ASEAN to prevent misuse of the preferential treatment provision and reduce non-tariff measures for Indian exporters, especially in the agriculture and auto sector.
India expects to announce the review before the end of this year. It also seeks the expeditious setting up of joint committees with ASEAN to review services and investment agreements.