Vietnam co-chairs ASEAN-India foreign ministers’ meeting in Singapore
Updated : Saturday, August 04, 2018 10:15 AM (GMT+0700)

DeputyPrime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, and Indian Minister ofState for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh co-chaired the ASEAN-India ForeignMinisterial Meeting in Singapore on August 3 within the framework of the 51stASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

Participants of the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministerial Meeting in Singapore on August 3 -
Photo: VNA

Minh and Singh reviewed theASEAN-India partnership after the summit commemorating the 25 years of tiesbetween the two sides in New Delhi in January 2018.

They showed delight at theprogress in the implementation of agreements reached during the summit as wellas the outcomes of the Plan of Action in the 2016-2020 period with specificactivities in various fields from politics-security to economy,culture-society, and people-to-people exchange.

ASEAN countries laudedIndia’s strengthening of its “Look East” policy aiming to foster partnershipwith the association and the region, hailing the role and contributions of Indiato peace, stability and cooperation in the region, and highly valuing India’ssupport to the ASEAN’s central role as well as active engagement in regionalcooperation forums chaired by the ASEAN.

The Indian side affirmedthat ASEAN is one of the key pillars in its external policies, and an importantcontact point between the Indian Ocean and Pacific regions. The countrycommitted to promoting close ties with the ASEAN and actively supporting thebloc in building its community and strengthening regional connectivity.

Regarding orientations topromote the ASEAN-India relations in the coming time, the ministers agreed toforge stronger comprehensive cooperation in maritime cooperation; trade andinvestment felicitation with a target of 200 billion USD in 2025; andconnectivity between the two regions in both infrastructure and human.

The two sides will expandaffiliation in creative areas such as information technology, digital economy,smart urban development, while working more closely in education, culturalexchange, people-to-people contact, thus strengthening mutualunderstanding. 

The ministers agreed to name2019 the ASEAN-India Tourism Year.

On the regional andinternational maters, ASEAN and India shared concerns about developments in theEast Sea with militarization activities eroding trust and harming peace andstability in the region.

They highlighted thesignificance of maintaining peace, stability, maritime and aviation security,safety and freedom in regional seas, including the East Sea, while underscoringthat all disputes must be settled through peaceful measures in line withinternational law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)1982. 

They showed hope for thefull implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the EastSea (DOC), and encouraged efforts to build an effective and binding Code ofConduct in the East Sea (COC).

On the occasion of Vietnam’shanding over of the role as the coordinator for ASEAN-India relations toThailand, the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs lauded Vietnam’sactive and effective efforts in promoting the ASEAN-India ties over the pastthree years, especially in the holding of the summit commemorating the 25 yearsof ties between the two sides in New Delhi as well as promoting initiatives incooperation in maritime economy.

Minh stated that India andASEAN have shared long-lasting trust and ties, lauding India’s contributions toregional cooperation processes through forums held by the ASEAN.

He also spoke highly ofIndia’s coordination with Vietnam in enhancing the ASEAN-India collaborationover the past three years, underlining that Vietnam will continue workingclosely with Thailand, the new ASEAN-India relationship coordinator, and otherASEAN countries to expand and elevate the ASEAN-India strategic partnership inthe future.


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