PM Narendra Modi reached Thailand to attend the 35th ASEAN Summit. The summit began on 31st October and ends on 4th November.
PM Modi on Sunday held a “constructive” meeting with Myanmar’s state counsellor Aung San Suu Ki. They discussed ways to enhance connectivity and capacity building. Moreover, it is unsure whether the Rohingya issue figured in the meeting or not.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson tweet about the meeting. Significantly, he said that PM Modi “had a constructive meeting with Myanmar’s state counsellor.” Furthermore, he said that the meeting aims “to enhance cooperation in capacity building, connectivity, and people-to-people ties.”
Along with this meeting, PM Modi held separate meetings with the top leadership of Indonesia and Thailand. Furthermore, New Delhi is planning to increase its presence in the Indian Ocean region. Significantly, Thailand, Indonesia, and Myanmar are strategically located maritime neighbours of India.
Interestingly, all the three meetings held on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit. Importantly, the issue of Maritime security figured in all the three meetings.
Along with this, they also agreed to boost trade ties. Ministry of External Affairs issued an official statement in this regard. The statement says, “India and Thailand are close maritime neighbours having historical and cultural linkages.”
Importantly, Indonesian President Joko Widodo in a meeting with PM Modi lays emphasis on their commitment to work together for peace, security, and Prosperity.
Besides, they also talked about the ways to deal with threats of terrorism and extremism. Significantly, India is looking to boost its naval cooperation with all three countries.