PM Modi wraps up Indonesia visit, strengthens ties with ASEAN and EAS partners at ASEAN-India Summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wrapped up his “short but highly productive visit” to Jakarta, where he actively participated in both the ASEAN-India Summit and the East Asia Summit, as confirmed by Secretary (East) of the Ministry of External Affairs, Saurabh Kumar, who shared the news on social media platform X.

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Kumar, in a tweet, stated that PM Modi’s visit to Indonesia culminated with the forging of stronger partnerships with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and EAS (East Asia Summit) partners. He further elaborated on the visit in a video message posted on X by MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.

During his visit, PM Modi emphasized the crucial role of amplifying the voice of the Global South, especially within the G20 framework. ASEAN leaders welcomed PM Modi’s leadership within the G20 and extended their best wishes, while also congratulating India on the success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission.

Kumar highlighted that PM Modi engaged in comprehensive discussions, covering various areas such as connectivity, maritime cooperation, digital transformation, trade and the economy, environment, health, and traditional medicine. In each of these areas, the Prime Minister put forth specific proposals, which have been summarized in a twelve-point proposal.

Notably, two joint statements were issued between India and ASEAN during the visit. These statements focused on maritime cooperation and food security. In the realm of maritime cooperation, topics like maritime safety and security, maritime domain awareness, disaster management, blue economy, and more were addressed.

PM Modi also made significant announcements during his visit, including the establishment of an ASEAN India Fund for Digital Future, aimed at enhancing financial connectivity between ASEAN and India. He also expressed support for ERIA (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia), an ASEAN think tank set to serve as a knowledge partner to deepen ASEAN-India relations.

Kumar underscored PM Modi’s call for a free, open, and rules-based Indo-Pacific, underscoring the importance of ASEAN centrality in the region’s stability and development.

Concluding his participation in the summits, PM Modi expressed his gratitude to Indonesian President Joko Widodo and the Indonesian people. He conveyed his appreciation on X, stating, “Had a very short but fruitful Indonesia visit, where I met ASEAN and other leaders. I thank President @jokowi, the Indonesian Government, and people for their welcome.”

As of now, PM Modi remains in Jakarta, Indonesia, but is expected to return to India in preparation for the upcoming G20 Summit scheduled for September 8 to 10 in Delhi.

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