ASEAN Summit begins in Laos capital Vientiane

The 28th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit began in Laos capital Vientiane today. During the summit, the world leaders will review the progress of implementation of the ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025.

The ASEAN leaders are scheduled to meet the heads of state, government of ASEAN dialogue partners which include China, India, Japan, Korea, Australia and the United States.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Vientiane tomorrow to attend the 14th ASEAN-India Summit. On Thursday, Mr Modi will attend the 11th East Asia Summit. On the sidelines, the Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings with several leaders.

India’s engagement with ASEAN and the wider Asia Pacific Region has acquired further momentum following the enunciation of the Act East Policy by Mr. Modi.

Indian Ambassador to Laos, Ravi Shankar Aisola said, Mr Modi’s visit will strengthen the bilateral relations between India and Laos. He said, in Act East Policy, the aim is to engage every possible sphere with the eastern neighbours. Mr Aisola said, Laos offers huge opportunities to Indian Investors.

India–Laos relations:

• India–Laos relations are bilateral relations between South Asian country India and South East Asian country Laos. Diplomatic relations between two nations were established in February 1956.

• First Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru visited Laos in 1954 while first President of India Rajendra Prasad visited Laos in 1956.

• India considers Laos as strategically important in accordance with the China’s growing land-reclamation activities in South China Sea.

• Laos has been supportive to India’s efforts to become permanent member of UN Security Council.

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