New Delhi, Jan 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral meetings with leaders of Southeast Asian countries on the sidelines of the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit on Wednesday, January 24. All the ASEAN leaders will also be the chief guests at the Republic Day parade. ASEAN comprises Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei. Also Read - PM Modi Performs Bhoomi Pujan of Ahmedabad, Surat Metro Rail Projects | All You Need to Know
PM Modi will hold bilateral meetings with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Vietnam prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Philippines President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. The three leaders will arrive in Delhi for the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit on January 25. (Also Read: After ASEAN, Modi to focus on West Asia, visit UAE, Oman, and Palestine) Also Read - Bhutan To Get Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine From India, Says PM Lotay Tshering | Breaking LIVE
On Thursday, the prime minister will hold bilateral talks with the leaders of Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, ahead of the summit. PM Modi is expected to hold bilateral talks with leaders of Indonesia, Laos, and Malaysia on Friday. Also Read - Connecting India: PM Modi Flags Off 8 Trains to Statue of Unity | Check Full List, Routes And Timings Here
Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will arrive at 11.30 AM on Wednesday along with leaders of nine ASEAN countries. On Thursday, the leaders of ASEAN countries will be received at the Rashtrapati Bhavan for a luncheon with President Ram Nath Kovind.
The lunch with the President will be followed by a walk around the Mughal gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and a group photo session. The plenary session of the summit will take place at Taj hotel in Chanakyapuri. The leaders are also expected to release commemorative stamps.
The experts believe that the meet, which has come at a time increasing Chinese economic and military assertiveness, could be used as an opportunity for India to present itself as a powerful ally in the strategic areas of trade and connectivity.
The ASEAN country leaders will attend the Republic Day parade on January 26. Later on, Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Lao Thongloun Sisoulith.