Indian PM stresses ASEAN countries’ role in “Act East” policy
Updated : Tuesday, May 29, 2018 3:14 PM (GMT+0700)

IndianPrime Minister Narendra Modi has declared that his upcoming visits to threeASEAN nations will give a further push to India’s “Act East” policy.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi - Photo: VNA

Speaking on the threshold ofhis visits to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore from May 29 to June 2, Modisaid New Delhi boasts strong strategic partnerships with the three countries.

As scheduled, the Indianleader will be present in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, on May 29. Duringhis first visit to Indonesia as Prime Minister of India, Modi will hold talkswith President Joko Widodo the next day.

He will also address a CEOsforum and the Indian community in the Southeast Asia's largest nation. Thereare around 100,000 people of Indian origin and around 7,000 non-residentIndians (NRIs) in Indonesia.

On May 31, the Indian PMwill make a brief stopover in Malaysia on his way from Indonesia toSingapore, during which he will meet newly elected Malaysian PrimeMinister Mahathir Mohamad.

In Singapore, on June 1, hewill deliver the keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue, becoming the firstIndian Prime Minister to do so in the inter-governmental security forum.This will be an opportunity for Modi to clearly show India’s viewpoints onregional security issues and measures to maintain peace and stability in theregion.


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