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India will showcase its 'Act East' policy on Republic Day:Nirmala Sitharaman


New Delhi, Jan 22: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said India's 'Act East' policy is really "taking shape" and the presence of ten ASEAN leaders during the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi will definitely showcase that policy.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. PTI file photo

She said this in response to a question from the press during her visit to the NCC Republic Day Camp at Delhi Cantonment.

"The prime minister's intention that the 'Look East' policy should now be the 'Act East' policy is really taking shape."

"And, by the very presence of ten leaders from ASEAN during the Republic Day celebrations, India will definitely showcase its 'Act East' policy," she said. When asked about the ceasefire violations, she said, "Let's talk about the NCC Camp and Republic Day today."

In an unprecedented event, leaders of all the ten ASEAN member countries will be chief guests at the ceremonial parade at Rajpath on January 26.

at an investiture ceremony held at the camp, Sitharaman awarded the 'Raksha Mantri Padak' and commendation cards to the winning cadets.


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