On the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit being held in Manila, Philippines, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held bilateral talks with US President Donald Trump.
Following his meeting with Trump, PM Modi said that the relations between the two nations are growing and that the two countries are working for future interests of Asia and humanity. The meeting lasted for about 45 minutes behind closed doors. PM Modi then went on to address ASEAN Business summit in Manila and talked about India’s jump in ease of doing business ranking and emerging as a frontrunner in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
He also attended a reception held by the Indian Community and said that India strives for world peace. During the day, PM Modi visited the International Rice Research Institute and Mahaveer Philippines Foundation.
ASEAN Summit highlights:
8:47 pm: The two leaders also discussed terrorism during the meeting, specifically related to regions of India’s western front all the way to the middle east.
8:45 pm: Jaishankar said that the thrust of the bilateral talks was mainly on economic issues, trade and investment was also discussed.
8:44 pm: Foreign Secretary S Jaishakar informed that PM Modi and US President Donald Trump had a productive meeting and Trump expressed that there were good reports coming in from India on economic front.
8:42 pm: On the sidelines of ASEAN Summit the two nations signed four agreements which included defence cooperation & logistic, agriculture & on MSME.
8:41 pm: Addressing the media at the end of the day, Preeti Saran, Secretary, MEA said that PM Modi and Philippines President Duterte had an excellent meeting and the Philippine Presidente expressed to continue such relations in future.
5:09 pm: PM Modi concludes his speech to NRI community in Manila.
5: 08 pm: PM Modi referring to Indians in Manila say that we will work and change India in a way that you will all want to live and come back to India.
5:07 pm: PM Modi amid loud cheers says, “I will continue doing the work for the people who chose me.”
5: 04 pm: PM Modi plugs in Aadhar scheme in his address to the Indian community, says when we connected the Aadhar with gas subsidies we found subsidy was being issued to people who did not exist.
5:03 pm: Modi without naming Congress says, there is a paucity of thinking.
5:00 pm: PM targets Congress in Manila, says the difference in level of thinking was such that the party in its 2014 election campaign promised to increase subsidised cylinders from 9 to 12, meanwhile, the BJP said we will provide connection to 3 crore houses in 5 years.
4: 57 pm: PM says we have picked up from where Mahatma Gandhi left, more than 2.15 lakh villages in India are free from open defecation.
4:55 pm: PM says the Jan Dhan Yojna helped people in developing a saving attitude among the people, says since inception people have deposited Rs 67000 crore in these accounts.
4: 54 pm: PM Modi praises his government’s steps towards increasing banking awareness in the country through Jan Dhan Yojna.
4:52 pm: We have lived by the words of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, says PM Modi.
4:50 pm: Every Indian can feel proud that India soldiers contribute the most in UN Peacekeeping Force around the world, by continuous deployment to restore peace and normality: PM Modi
4:48 pm: Remembering World Wars, PM Modi says that 1.5 lakh Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives for world peace, not for acquiring or conquering lands.
4:45 pm: Prime Minister says no one can stop Indian once they get a level playing field and any aspect of life, says “We have never wronged anyone in the entire history of our country.”
4:42 pm: PM Modi says I have come to a region that is very important for India, says “No matter if you are living outside the country, you still feel for the nation both in times of happiness and sorrow.”
4:40 pm: PM Modi addresses Indian community in Manila on Day one of ASEAN Summit.
4:22 pm: While Delhi suffers from one of the worst phases of air pollution with an AQI of 378, PM Modi is experiencing a wonderful day with clear skies in Manila which has AQI of 30.
3.40 pm: PM Modi says he wants to make India a Global Manufacturing Hub and make the youths job creators. He also spoke about the robust maritime and air connectivity between India and ASEAN countries.
3.30 pm: On the ease of doing business, PM Modi said India’s rank jumped 30 places. The world is taking notice, he said.
PM Modi also said India is now the front-runner in attracting foreign investment. “We are now a globally integrated economy,” he said.
3.15 pm: PM Modi is now addressing a business summit in Manila.
The government of India’s ‘Act East policy’ puts this (ASEAN) region at the centre of our engagement. Task of transforming India is proceeding at an unprecedented scale. We are working day and night towards easy, effective and transparent governance: PM Modi.
Digital transactions have increased significantly. We are using technology to reach out to people. 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: PM Modi.
3.00 pm: The meeting between PM Modi and Trump has ended.
2:45 pm: The two leaders are meeting just months after PM Modi’s visit to the US. Currently, bilateral meeting is in progress between the two leaders.
2:36 pm: PM Modi on meeting with US President Donald Trump, said that the relations between the two nations are growing and that the two countries are working for future interests of Asia and humanity.
2.20 pm: PM Modi meets President Donald Trump. He will be locked in bilateral talks for the next 45 mins.
2.00 pm: It appears the meeting between PM Modi and Donald Trump is on. The Prime Minister left the hotel he is staying in to meet President Trump.
— Shubhajit Roy (@ShubhajitRoy) November 13, 2017
1.10 pm: Indian Express correspondent Shubhajit Roy, who is in Manila, reports that the meeting between PM Modi and Donald Trump is been delayed due to the latter’s schedule. The Prime Minister is yet to leave his hotel.
Interacted with Indian scientists, students, researchers working at IRRI. India’s ICAR and IRRI have been cooperating for four decades. India is also involved in helping IRRI in strategic planning, helping decide key goals and working to overcome hunger as well as poverty. pic.twitter.com/7aHzo3VvjX
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 13, 2017
11.30 am: PM Modi was visiting the Mahaveer Philippine Foundation which was set up by Manila’s Indian origin Mayor, Dr. Ramon Bagatsing. “The Foundation has been instrumental in the fitment of the Jaipur Foot to needy amputees. About 757 amputees benefitted from the programme in 2017,” the PMO tweeted.
11.00 am: PM Modi met 9-year-old Carlo Migel Silvano, who is among the thousands of Filipinos fitted with ‘Jaipur Foot’.
10.30 am: PM Modi shared pictures of a musical play based on the Ramayana. “You would be happy to know that the @ASEAN opening ceremony included excerpts from the musical Rama Hari, based on the Ramayana. Various parts of the Ramayana were beautifully highlighted in the Rama Hari. This shows our deep historical bonds and shared heritage,” he tweeted.
The Ramayana is widely popular among ASEAN nations. I compliment the cast and crew of Rama Hari for their stupendous performance at the ASEAN Summit. pic.twitter.com/umf3aRTwwO
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 13, 2017
10.15 am: At least four Philippines newspapers ran full-page ads of PM Modi ahead of his meeting with Philippines President Duterte.
PM Modi in full page ads in four Philippines newspapers today as he meets Philippines President Duterte here in Manila. One of them says “Mabuhay” (Long Live) Modi. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/YQd8nYVhtp
— Shubhajit Roy (@ShubhajitRoy) November 13, 2017
10.00 am: For those who missed our Sunday’s coverage, here is a highlight reel of all that has happened.
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) November 12, 2017
9.45 am: PM Modi Narendra visited the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos. He inaugurated the Rice Field Laboratory during his visit.
The institute is working towards developing a better quality of rice seed and addressing food scarcity issues, the PMO tweeted. “A large number of Indian scientists are working in IRRI and contributing to R&D in these areas,” it added.
9.30 am: PM Modi will be meeting Donald Trump at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Manila Bay where the latter is staying.
9.15 am: Ahead of PM Modi’s 1 pm (IST) meeting with President Trump, let’s take a look at what is on the agenda.
India is keen to know more about Trump’s South Asia strategy, which he announced in August. They are hoping the President would “walk the talk”.
“A lot has happened between the Prime Minister’s trip to the White House and now. The South Asia strategy, which was announced in August, has laid out certain red lines for Pakistan. We will be interested to know about Trump’s perception of what Pakistan is doing on taking action against terrorist groups and individuals,” official sources told The Indian Express.
Also up for discussion is Trump’s visit to China. Indian officials are keen to know what has transpired during Trump’s visit to China.
“Trump’s assessment of China under Xi, in his second term, will be key to understand how the relationship between Washington and Beijing is going to evolve. The fact that he chose to go there, right after the 19th Congress of the Communist Party, signals the importance he attaches to the relationship,” sources said.
9.00 am: On Sunday, before PM Modi landed in Manila, MEA officials have met their counterparts from America, Australia and Japan. Sources told The Indian Express that issues concerning the Indo-Pacific region were discussed in light of China’s activities in the region. All parties agreed that a “free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large”.
8.45 am: Meanwhile, PM Modi expressed his condolences over last night’s boat tragedy in Andhra Pradesh. At least 16 people died after a tourist boat capsized near Vijayawada.
“Capsizing of a boat in the Krishna River is anguishing. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in this tragedy. Andhra Pradesh Government and NDRF have been working on rescue operations,” the PMO tweeted.
7.40 am: The opening ceremony saw a dance troupe perform a musical, Rama Hari, based on the characters of the Ramayana.
7:20 am: Leaders pose for a group photograph at the opening ceremony of 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines.
7:10 am: US President Donald Trump arrives at the opening ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines.
6:45 am: Prime Minister Modi arrives at the venue for the opening ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines.
On Sunday, Modi arrived in Manila on a three-day visit to attend the ASEAN -India and East Asia summits. The ASEAN region, including India, comprises a combined population of 1.85 billion people, one-fourth of the global population.
Modi and Trump met informally on Sunday evening before a dinner hosted by the Philippines President for leaders ahead of the ASEAN summit. New Delhi is going to Monday’s bilateral meeting with the expectation that Trump, who had warned Islamabad of consequences if it continues to support terror groups while announcing his Afghan and South Asia policy in August, will “walk the talk”.
(With inputs from Agencies)