Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India is committed to work with ASEAN nations to enhance collaboration in the maritime domain.
Addressing the plenary session of India-ASEAN commemorative summit Modi said that India shares the ASEAN vision for rule based societies and values of peace.
At the outset, he welocpmed the ASEAN leaders who are in the country for the second time and said that tomorrow you are our honored guests at our republic day celebration.
"Our friendship has been nurtured by our culture, our civilisation. We have organised our Ramayana festival with members of ASEAN countries to showcase our common cultural treasure," he said adding that since 1992, our partnership has evolved to strategic partnership.
"During the retreat session, maritime domain was a key focus area. Indeed, maritime cooperation has been an integral part of our discourse with the theme resonating in the ASEAN-India connectivity summit," he said.
Highlights of PM Modi speech
• Our trade has grown 25 times in 25 years. Investments are robust and growing.
• WE will continue to work with ASEAN to enhance our trade ties.
• The success of recent events, the ASEAN India business meetings have shown encouraging results.
• We will further enhance trade ties and work towards greater interaction among our business communities.
• To build our historical bonds, I propose to declare 2019 as the year to promote tourism.
• It was a privileged for India to play a role in conversations of temples in Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Leaders of the ten ASEAN countries, comprising Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos and Brunei, are in India for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit being held in New Delhi.
The ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit will mark 25 years of India's ties with the southeast Asian bloc. ASEAN stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The summit comes at a time when India is making a strategic shift in its regional policy, enhancing its previous 'Look East' policy to the new 'Act East' policy.