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India reaffirms its commitment to robust, united, and successful ASEAN partnerships.

The Indian government reaffirmed its commitment to a “strong, cohesive, and prosperous” Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Dr. S. Jaishankar, India’s External Affairs Minister, said the Asean has always stood tall as a beacon of regionalism, multilateralism, and globalization during the Special Asean-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Thursday.

“India strongly supports a strong, united, and prosperous ASEAN, one whose importance in the Indo-Pacific is acknowledged. In his introductory remarks, Jaiskhankar said, “The strong convergence of the AOIP (Asean Outlook on the Indo-Pacific) and the IPOI (Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative) is a testament to our common vision for the region.”

The special summit takes place on the 30th anniversary of Asean-India ties and the 10th anniversary of Asean member states’ strategic cooperation.

“The ASEAN-India ties, rooted in history and nourished by a shared ethos, have endured the test of time and, in fact, strengthened with each passing decade,” Jaiskhankar added.

The 1992 “sectoral collaboration” between ASEAN and India has progressed to a “summit level” partnership in 2002, and then to a “strategic partnership” in 2012.

“As we approach the fourth decade of our relationship, our bonds must also adjust to the world we face,” Jaiskhankar remarked.

He also believes that a “more connected India and ASEAN would be well-positioned to support decentralized globalization and robust and trustworthy supply chains, which the international community so desperately requires.”

In the aftermath of the pandemic, Jaiskhankar warned Asean officials that “much ground has to be covered.”

“Geopolitical headwinds, which we confront owing to developments in Ukraine and their knock-on consequences on food and energy security, fertilizer and commodity prices, and logistical and supply chain disruptions, have made this route even more difficult,” he added.

For decades, ASEAN, according to Jaishankar, has served as a beacon of regionalism, multilateralism, and globalization.

He went on to say that it has successfully carved out a position for itself in the area and laid the groundwork for the Indo-growing Pacific’s strategic and economic architecture.

“Given the geopolitical difficulties and uncertainties that the world faces today, Asean’s position is arguably more critical than ever before,” Jaishankar said.

“ASEAN-India ties, rooted in history and nourished by a shared ethos, have endured the test of time and, in fact, strengthened with each passing decade,” he continued.

During the special ASEAN-India summit, Jaishankar is co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Vivian Balakrishnan, India’s Country Coordinator and Singapore’s Foreign Minister.

Cambodia will serve as the ASEAN Chair in 2022.

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