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ASEAN and India place a high priority on economic recovery measures.

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member states will strengthen existing agreements to fight for a strong economic recovery in the face of the global health crisis.

The Asean representatives noted the “millennia-old civilization and cultural linkages” between Southeast Asia and India during the two-day Special Asean-India Foreign Ministries’ meeting, which ended here Friday. They also recalled the milestones of the Asean-India Dialogue Relations over the last three decades.

The Asean leaders underlined their commitment to deepening this wide relationship in order to foster regional peace, stability, and prosperity.

The Philippines was represented by the Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Administration Antonio Morales.

India’s steadfast commitment to Asean centrality in the emerging regional architecture, as well as safeguarding important principles, shared values, and norms inscribed in the United Nations Charter and the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia, was praised by the leaders.

India’s support for the Asean community-building process, including projects and initiatives under the Asean Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, Asean Community Vision 2025, Master Plan on Asean Connectivity 2025, and Initiative for Asean Integration Work Plans, was warmly received by the member states.

The necessity of coordinating efforts to address the ongoing issues posed by the Covid-19 epidemic, as well as the mutual aid provided by Asean member nations and India to one another, was also recognized.

Dr. S. Jaishankar, India’s External Affairs Minister, said the Russia-Ukraine conflict has hindered the post-pandemic recovery effort at a time when the Covid-19 dilemma remained.

“With geopolitical headwinds that we face owing to developments in Ukraine and their knock-on consequences on food and energy security, fertilizer and commodity prices, and logistics and supply chain disruptions,” he said in an interview.

It was the first time India hosted a special meeting with Asean foreign ministers to commemorate the 10-member group’s 30th anniversary.

According to Jaishankar, the Asean-India relationship has been driven over the past 30 years by a strong and strengthened strategic partnership “for mutual benefit, spanning the entire spectrum of political, security, economic, socio-cultural, and development cooperation.”

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