Highlights: ASEAN a beacon of hope; will work with countries to address security issues of region, says PM Modi

ASEAN Summit Live Updates: "India has always contributed to world peace and never harmed another country. Our contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Forces is among the biggest," the PM said to the Indian diaspora.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2017 6:44 pm
Will do everything possible to ensure 21st century becomes India's century, says PM Modi ASEAN summit Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Indian diaspora in Manila on Tuesday. (Source: PMO)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral meetings with his Japan, Vietnam and Australian counterparts on Tuesday on a range of issues, from security to trade, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Phillippines.

Earlier in the day, Modi interacted with the Indian diaspora in Manila, during which he said his government is making all efforts to transform the country. “Our efforts are aimed at transforming India and ensuring everything in our nation matches global standards,” he said.

Follow LIVE updates on the ASEAN summit here:

6.40 pm: PM Modi departs for India after conclusion of the India-ASEAN summit.

5.00 pm: In his address to the world leaders at the India-ASEAN summit PM Modi said, “We have individually strived very hard to fight terrorism and violent extremism. It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area.”

4.45 pm: In order to listen to the full Opening Statement by PM Modi, visit the link provided below in the tweet.

4.30 pm: India has, for the first time, collectively invited all leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to be the chief guests at its 2018 Republic Day celebrations. All ten countries, “in principle”, accepted the invitation and will send their heads of state or government to the event. Read | This Republic Day, not one guest but 10 – Asean leaders

4.22 pm: PM Modi concluded his Opening Remarks at Summit saying, “125 crore Indians are waiting to welcome ASEAN leaders as the Chief Guests for the 2018 Republic Day.”

4.20 pm: While addressing the world leaders at the ASEAN Summit, he further said, “We have suffered due to the menace of terror. The time has come for us to unite and think about mitigating terrorism.”

4:15 pm: “50 years of ASEAN is an occasion of pride, joy and a time to think ahead about what we can achieve. India places ASEAN at the core of our ‘Act East Policy.’ Our ties with ASEAN are old and we want to further strengthen cooperation,” said PM Modi.

4.12 pm : PM Modi has begun his speech at the India-ASEAN Summit for promoting greater synergy and economic integration.

(Source: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

4.00 pm:  Prime Minister Modi also had a conversation with his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha during the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders’ Meeting in Manila.

PM Narendra Modi with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in Manila. (Source: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

3.55 pm: 

3.45 pm: PM Modi also held dialogue with the members of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, for facilitating free trade in Asia-Pacific region.

(Source: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

3.25 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a conversation with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit.

2.32 pm: In his short 10 minute speech, Modi adds, “We look forward to the East Asia Summit attaining greater salience in years to come. I reiterate my commitment to work with you to address the political, security and economic issues of the region.”

2.30 pm: PM Modi has begun his address at the summit. Addressing the gathering, he says ASEAN began in times of a great global divide, but today as it celebrates its Golden Jubilee, it shines as a beacon of hope; a symbol of peace and prosperity.

2.05 pm: The East Asia Summit has kicked off. PM Modi is expected to address the gathering shortly.

Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi at ASEAN Summit, East Asia Summit, ASEAN PM Narendra Modi at the 12th East Asi aSummit in Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday (Source: Twitter/@PIB_India)

1.32 pm: In other news, newspapers in Philippines have pictures of Modi and Duterte spashed across its front pages.

1.30 pm: PM Modi attends the 12th East Asia summit in Manila.

12.30 pm: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at ASEAN on Tuesday, raised the issue of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar. He has proposed holding diplomatic talks and finding solutions to help resolve the crisis in Myanmar, reports AP.

11.45 am: The first quadrilateral meeting between India, Australia, the US and Japan was held on Sunday, during which the countries held talks regarding common security interest in the Indo-Pacific reagon. Read: Four different statements instead of a joint statement

11.18 am: Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has tweeted on his discussions with PM Modi. “Productive meeting this morning in Manila with Prime Minister @narendramodi focussed on increased economic cooperation, security, and counter-terrorism. #ASEANSummit,” he tweeted.

In response, PM Modi says, “Delighted to have met you, Prime Minister @TurnbullMalcolm. Our talks today add new vigour to the friendship between India and Australia.”

11.15 am: After his meeting with Japan PM Shinzo Abe, Modi has tweeted, “My friend @AbeShinzo and I had an excellent meeting in Manila. We reviewed the ground covered on various aspects of India-Japan ties and discussed ways to deepen cooperation between our economies and people.”

11.00 am: MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweets, “PM @narendramodi and PM @AbeShinzo held a wide ranging and engaging discussion on intensifying Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries.”

 

Modi’s meeting with Turnbull and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe comes in the backdrop of the first quadrilateral conclave, which was held on Saturday. India, US, Japan and Australia gave a thumbs up for a “free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region” after the meeting.

10.50 am: Modi said his government’s ‘Act East policy’ would have the ASEAN region at the centre of their engagement. Aiming to make India a global manufacturing hub, Modi then went on to emphasise the steps his government had brought for an economic turnaround.

“Keeping our emphasis on ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’, about 1200 outdated laws have been repealed in the last three years. We have simplified processes to start companies and for other clearances. Digital transactions have increased significantly. We are using technology to reach out to people,” the PM said.

10.45 am: At the business and investment summit, Modi highlighted the scope for economic cooperation between India and ASEAN countries. “The reform trajectory in India makes our nation an attractive investment destination,” he tweeted after the summit.

10.40 am: The PM highlighted his government’s initiatives such as Jan Dhan Yojana and Ujjwala Yojana for empowering the poor. He also mentioned the gains made through Aadhaar linking of subsidy and said he was committed to making “India’s present bright and radiant”. “We should do everything possible to ensure that the 21st century, which is termed ‘Asia’s century’ becomes ‘India’s century’,” he said.

10.35 am: During his address, in a veiled reference to Pakistan, Modi said India had always contributed to world peace and never harmed another country. “Our contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Forces is among the biggest,” the PM said. He also spoke of the sacrifice of one lakh Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in distant lands during World Wars 1 and 2.

10.30 am: Modi addressed the Indian diaspora and business and investment summit in Philippines. “I thank the Indian community in the Philippines for the warmth. Interacted with the diaspora during the community programme in Manila,” he PM tweeted after the interaction.

(With inputs from agencies)

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