Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 2017 ASEAN summit in Manila
India will host the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi on 25th and 26th January. Leaders of 10 countries attending the summit will also be a part of the Republic Day celebrations at India Gate on 26th January.
Delegation of leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN - Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei - arrived on Wednesday. The Indonesian President is scheduled to arrive on Thursday.
The world leaders will attend India's 69th Republic Day celebration at the India Gate on Friday. The event will mark 25 years of India's ties with the southeast Asian bloc.
The heads of state will meet President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bilateral meetings with the visiting ASEAN leaders comes at a time when India is keen on changing its 'Look East' policy to 'Act East' policy.Here are the Highlights of the ASEAN leaders arrival in New Delhi:
"Long standing traditional & strategic partnership! PM @narendramodi met with Vietnamese PM Nguyen Phuc. Discussed cooperation in trade and investment, defence, maritime & other areas. Agreements were signed in areas of Information & Broadcasting and Space cooperation," Raveesh Kumar posted on Twitter referring to meeting of the prime ministers.
PM Modi received President of Philippines, H.E. Rodrigo Duterte in Hyderabad House, New Delhi on Wednesday. During their meet, "trade and investment, defence & security, education and people-to-people cooperation were discussed. An agreement to facilitate investment was signed," Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
Earlier in the day, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today inaugurated the Bharat-ASEAN Maitri Park
in the national capital, a day ahead of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit, news agency PTI reported.
Traffic came to a halt in the national capital as representatives from various ASEAN nations arrived in the city for R-Day celebrations. Read here
Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar, met PM Narendra Modi this evening. "The two leaders had a productive discussion on intensifying bilateral cooperation, including follow up on key decisions taken during PM's visit to Myanmar in September 2017," Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
While Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand and Mrs Naraporn Chan-o-cha were welcomed by General VK Singh, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shri Satyapal Singh received Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of Philippines. His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam was received at the Delhi airport by Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore was received by Minister of State for Women and Child Development Virendra Kumar. Here are the pictures in that order tweeted by MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar, arrived in India this evening to attend the ASEAN India Commemorative Summit.
Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia Hun Sen arrives at New Delhi's Palam Airport for the ASEAN-India Summit.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife arrive at New Delhi for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit.
Republic Day 2018: List Of 10 ASEAN Leaders Attending As Chief Guests
In a first, the Republic Day parade in 2018 will be attended by 10 heads of state from ASEAN or Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a regional grouping of 10 Southeast Asian countries. In light of the presence of 10 chief guests at the Republic Day in Delhi, massive preparations have been made by 100-odd government agencies. Leaders from the 10 nations -- Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei -- will be present on a stage enclosed with a 100 feet wide bullet-proof glass. The chief guest at India's first Republic Day on January 26, 1950 was the President of Indonesia, and since then, five other Southeast Asian leaders have chief guests at the Republic Day parades.