The summit, with the theme "Shared Values, Common Destiny", comes at an important time as Asean and India are seeing enhanced cooperation in various fields, including in regional connectivity, trade and business and regional security. However, China's continuing aggressive posturing, especially with regard to the South China Sea, has driven Southeast Asia closer to India.
ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is a multilateral body whose member countries include Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Prime Minister Modi welcomed the three leaders to India for participation in the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and also for accepting the invitation to be Chief Guests at the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, this year. The first to arrive at the national capital was Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.
Trade between the two sides has also been very fast with time.
"The Philippines is looking forward for the outcome document dubbed as the 'New Delhi Declaration, ' which will be released in conjunction with the Summit", said Maria Hellen dela Vega, the head of DFA's Office of Asean Affairs.
MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Najib Razak has expressed confidence his two-day working visit to India to attend the Asean-India Commemorative Summit would bring Asean-India and Malaysia-India relations to greater heights.
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In the day, Prime Minister Modi met with ASEAN Heads of State and Governments at leaders' retreat session at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Apart from this issue, trade and connectivity were among the issues discussed.
The President said, India and ASEAN are bound by history and by geography.
"ASEAN and India should work together to ensure the conclusion of the negotiations in 2018 so that the benefits can be realised earlier", said Mr Lee, adding that Singapore will do its best to facilitate negotiations.
On fighting terrorism, the two sides agr-eed to "deepen cooperation in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, violent extremism and radicalisation through information sharing, law enforcement cooperation and capacity building". The stamps set, marking 25 years of Asean-India ties, contains 11 stamps, each for India and the 10-member grouping. Investments are robust and growing. The engagements that PM Modi had at the time of the Golden Jubilee ASEAN summit in Manila past year and EAMs visit to incoming ASEAN chair Singapore, current chair of ASEAN India cooperation Thailand and to Indonesia -the largest among ASEAN countries where the ASEAN secretariat is also housed - have added heft to our policy.
Asked about the challenges in the project, the minister said, "There are some land acquisition and other problems..." He said, today ASEAN is a Strategic Partner for India and there is 30 dialogue mechanisms between India and ASEAN. He mentions about India's role in conservation of temples in Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam.