Sep 12: On 12 September 2020, External Affairs Minister (EAM) of India H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar co-chaired the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting along with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand H.E. Don Pramudwinai. The Meeting was held virtually and saw the participation of Foreign Ministers of the ten ASEAN Member States and India.
The Meeting reviewed the status of the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership in several areas including maritime cooperation, connectivity, education & capacity building, and people-to-people contacts. It reviewed the progress in the implementation of the ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2016-2020). The Meeting also reviewed the preparations for the upcoming 17th ASEAN-India Summit and also the progress in the implementation of key decisions of the Leaders of ASEAN Member States (AMS) and India arrived at the 16th ASEAN-India Summit held in Bangkok in November 2019 and the previous Summits.
The new ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2021-2025) was adopted at the Meeting. The Ministers discussed ways to strengthen cooperation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and exchanged views on important regional and international developments.