The ASEAN-India summit in Phnom Penh would help to take India's
relations with the 10-member bloc to a new level, Prime Manmohan Singh
said in a statement before leaving for Cambodia for a three-day tour.
PM will attend the 10th ASEAN-India Summit and the 7th East Asia
Summit. The prime minister is accompanied by Foreign Secretary Ranjan
Mathai and other senior officials.
He said the move to launch
negotiations for a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership among the
ASEAN countries and its economic partners, including India, would be "a
giant step" towards creating an economic community in the region.
He said the East Asia summit is the foremost forum for promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region.
year, we are preparing to launch the negotiations for a Regional
Comprehensive Partnership among ASEAN and its FTA partners, including
India. This is a giant step towards creation of an economic community in
the region. This forum also serves as a useful platform for enhancing
cooperation in the region and discussing regional security issues."
The PM said he would also be meeting world leaders on the margins of the East Asia summit.
He is expected to have bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the East Asia summit.
The PM said over the past decade India's partnership with the ASEAN has become "strong, comprehensive and multi-faceted".
summit in Phnom Penh will give us an opportunity to preview and prepare
an ambitious agenda for the summit next month and to take India-ASEAN
relationship to a new level."
India is hosting the Commemorative
Summit which has the theme 'ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace and Shared
Prosperity' in New Delhi December 20-21, 2012 to mark the 20th
anniversary of this relationship and the 10th anniversary of ASEAN-India
Summit-level partnership. The Leaders will also receive the Report of
the ASEAN-India Eminent Persons Group.