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Jun 17, 2022

ASEAN-India voice for strong ties

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ASEAN Group. Shutterstock.
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As Russia-Ukraine War and the United States and China power threaten peace and face geopolitical headwinds along with impact on food and security, supply chains and stability in the India-ASEAN region the Foreign ministers of Southeast Asian countries joined by India met in New Delhi Thursday and after wide discussions they finally came to conclusion agreeing for a strengthening of ties.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a political and economic union of 10 member states comprises of Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam- in Southeast Asia working for promoting intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and sociocultural integration between its members.

Founded on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand and it is headquartered in Jakarta of Indonesia.

“India fully supports a strong, unified, prosperous ASEAN whose centrality in the Indo-Pacific is fully recognized,” Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said adding “there is the need for strengthening land and sea connectivity among ASEAN member states among which the India-Myanmar-Thailand highway is part of the ASEAN-India Connectivity initiative.”

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said rivalry between the U.S. and China has impacted directly for Asia that can threaten the sole system of peace and stability, development and prosperity in the coming days.”