NEW DELHI: PM Modi said that India celebrated 2022 as India-ASEAN friendship year to commemorate the partnership with the group after attending the 18th ASEAN- India summit via virtual conference.
He said that it will mark the completion of 30 years of India’s partnership with ASEAN. He began his address by focusing on the challenges faced by the countries during the Covid pandemic and said that mutual cooperation has helped the world fight the pandemic.
PM Modi said at ASEAN Summit, “In 2022, our partnership would complete 30 years. India will also complete 75 years of its independence. I am delighted that we will celebrate this important milestone as ASEAN-India Friendship Year: PM Narendra Modi at India-ASEAN Summit.”
Addressing the India-ASEAN Summit:
“History is witness that India and ASEAN have had vibrant relations for thousands of years. Shades of that are visible in our shared values, traditions, languages, texts, architecture, culture, food and, therefore, the unity and centrality of ASEAN have always been an important priority for India,” he said.
On Wednesday PM Modi participated at the 16th East Asia Summit and said India remained committed to strengthening respect for shared values of multilateralism, rules based international order, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations.
He also reaffirmed India’s focus on a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific and support for ASEAN’s centrality in the region. He also congratulated the Sultan of Brunei for his succesful presidency of ASEAN in 2021.