Last updated on February 4, 2020
India on Monday suggested an”Indo-Pacific seas initiative” in the East Asia Summit in Bangkok to guarantee safety in regional waters and raise the conservation and sustainable utilization of marine resources.
Thailand, the present seat of the Association of East Asian Nations (ASEAN)said it would go over the initiative proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, although Australia too voiced curiosity, secretary (East) Vijay Thakur Singh of their external affairs ministry said.
The focus regions of the initiative are producing partnerships among nations in areas like marine safety, sustainable utilization of marine resources, capacity-building, disaster management and prevention, and collaboration in trade and marine transport, ” she explained. The East Asia Summit comprises the 10 ASEAN member countries, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.
Modi and Abe reviewed progress on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed railway project and reaffirmed their commitment to ease its smooth execution.
Abe, who’s set to go to India next month to its yearly India-Japan Summit, also Modi welcomed the inaugural 2+2 overseas and defense ministerial dialogue to be held in India later in November. Both premiers reaffirmed their commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific according to a rule-based purchase. Also they agreed to strengthen bilateral collaboration for the shared goal of peace and advancement of their Indo-Pacific.
Modi also fulfilled his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc and examined cooperation in areas like the growth of security and defense ties, and forging of closer economic and business links.