Prime Minister arrives in Cambodia to attend 10th ASEAN summit

Phnom Penh (Cambodia) , Sun, 18 Nov 2012 ANI

Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Nov. 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday arrived in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on for a three-day visit to attend the tenth ASEAN-India Summit and the seventh East Asia Summit.

National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and his Principal Secretary Pulok Chatterjee, besides other officials and media personnel, accompany him.

Dialogue Partnership with the ASEAN countries is one of the cornerstones of its Look East Policy. It is a partnership founded on civilisational ties, an identity of perspective and objectives, capacity building and connectivity.

According to Sanjay Singh, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs, this partnership is being seen as a step to further economic growth and prosperity, peace and stability in the region.

During his visit to Phnom Penh, Singh would meet his ASEAN counterparts in the afternoon of November 19 for the tenth ASEAN-India Summit.

The leaders will take cognizance of the intensification of relations since their last meeting in Bali in November 2011.

They are expected to discuss the Commemorative Summit which has the theme 'ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace and Shared Prosperity', and which India will host in New Delhi on December 20-21, 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of this relationship and the 10th anniversary of ASEAN-India Summit-level partnership.

The Leaders will also receive the Report of the ASEAN-India Eminent Persons Group.

ASEAN-India trade in 2011-12 reached USD 79.3 billion, crossing the target of USD 70 billion by 2012 set in 2009.

Both have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in Goods, which was signed in 2009 and which became fully operational in August 2011. Negotiations are underway on the FTA on Services and Investments.

The Prime Minister will also participate in the Seventh East Asia Summit scheduled on November 20.

The five priority areas for regional cooperation within the framework of the EAS include energy, education, finance, natural disaster management and global health and pandemics.

The issues of connectivity and regional economic integration were also included in the EAS agenda as priority areas at the sixth EAS.

At the seventh EAS, Leaders are expected to consider adoption of the Phnom Penh Declaration on East Asia Summit Development Initiative. They would also consider a Declaration on Regional Response to Malaria Control and Addressing Resistance to anti-malarial Medicines. They would witness the launch of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with his some of his ASEAN and EAS counterparts. (ANI)



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