Apr 28: Secretary (East) Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das co-chaired the 23rd ASEAN-India Senior Officials’ Meeting on 28 April 2021 with Permanent Secretary of Thailand H.E. Mr. Thani Thongphakdi. The virtual Meeting saw the participation of Senior Officials from all ten ASEAN Member States and India.
The Meeting reviewed the status of ongoing ASEAN-India cooperation under the whole spectrum of political-security, economic, socio-cultural and developmental cooperation.The Meeting also deliberated on the steps to implement the ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2021-2025) and discussed ways to further strengthen the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership. Ways and means to strengthen cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic along with important regional and international issues of mutual concern were also covered during the meeting.
Secretary (East), in her remarks, welcomed the strong and supportive role played by Thailand as the Country Coordinator of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations for the last three years and looked forward to working with Singapore as the next Country Coordinator. Underlining the centrality of ASEAN in India’s Indo-Pacific vision, she mentioned that India wants to see a strong, unified and prosperous ASEAN playing a central role in the Indo-Pacific region contributing to Security and Growth for All. Secretary (East) also emphasised upon exploring the synergies between India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) and ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP) to strengthen the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership.
The ASEAN Senior Officials welcomed India’s proposal to celebrate the year 2022 as ASEAN-India Friendship Year as it marks the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-India sectoral partnership, 25th anniversary of dialogue partnership, 20th anniversary of Summit-level partnership and 10 years of Strategic Partnership. They also appreciated India’s support to ASEAN and ASEAN-led architecture in the region.
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