Vientiane (Laos), September 8: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the 14th India-Asean Summit and the 11th East Asia Summit here. ”Two democracies and a defining partnership of our era! PM meets President Obama,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted with pictures of the two leaders.
The two last met when Modi visited Washington in June. The second India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue was held in New Delhi last month. Earlier on Thursday, Modi addressed both the India-Asean and the East Asia Summits here. Also Thursday, he met Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and State Counsellor and Foreign Minister of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi.
Earlier in the day, Modi attended the 14th India-Asean Summit which was attended by the leaders of 10 southeast Asian nations — Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. (ALSO READ: Narendra Modi addresses 11th East Asia Summit, completely tears apart both Pakistan, China)
PM Modi and President Obama interacting during 11th East Asia Summit in Vientiane (Laos) pic.twitter.com/ndWW8Ad2Xt
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Since its inception in 2005 — India is a founding member, the East Asia Summit has played a significant role in the strategic, geopolitical and economic evolution of East Asia. On Thursday, Modi also held bilateral meetings with Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, and State Counsellor and Foreign Minister of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi on the sidelines of the two summits.
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