Jaishankar to represent India at East Asia Summit
Composed by Shubhajit Roy
| New Delhi |
November 14, 2020 1: 48: 02 am
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will Saturday represent India at the 15 th East Asia Summit (EAS), which offers a platform for discussion on important tactical issues in the Indo-Pacific region.
Last year, PM Narendra Modi had actually represented India at the EAS in Bangkok, Thailand.
The virtual top meeting will be chaired by the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and see participation from all the 18 EAS countries–10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.
The conference will go over methods and suggests to reinforce the EAS platform and to make it more responsive to emerging difficulties on its 15 th anniversary, an official statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.
The leaders will also exchange views on concerns of worldwide and regional interest, consisting of the pandemic and cooperation amongst EAS taking part countries to attain an expeditious and sustainable economic recovery, an MEA statement stated.
The East Asia Summit is a leading leaders-led forum for conversations on crucial tactical issues in the Indo-Pacific, and a leading confidence-building system in the region.
India strongly believes that the ASEAN-led frameworks of which EAS is a vital part, are at the core of the local security architecture and require to be enhanced further. India sees EAS as a logical platform to promote a complimentary, open, inclusive, transparent, rules-based, peaceful and thriving Indo-Pacific region, officials stated.
At the 14 th East Asia Top in Bangkok on November 4, 2019, PM Narendra Modi had actually announced India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) focused on creating partnerships to develop a safe, secure, steady, flourishing and sustainable maritime domain.
” India in collaboration with Australia and Indonesia organized the fourth EAS Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation on 6-7 February 2020 in Chennai to take forward our commitments in the maritime security domain. India hopes to arrange activities in partnership with interested nations under IPOI,” an official said, ahead of the conference.
India is a founding member of EAS. The 18 members of the EAS together represent 54% of the world population and account for 58% of the global GDP.
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