Cooperation between Asean and India must continue: Bloc’s foreign ministers

Areas of cooperation between Asean and India must go on, given how the nation has been an essential factor in the constant development of South-east Asia, Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on Thursday. Discussion during a meeting between Asean foreign ministers and India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Thursday, Dr Balakrishnan noted how India is a member of all important forums including the bloc and its dialogue partners. This, he noted, involves the East Asia Summit, the Asean Regional Forum and the Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus.

“India has been an essential support in the constant development and stability of our place and India’s support will also be important considering the ongoing geopolitical instability,” he said. Encountering with India was the first of more than 10 meetings the Asean foreign ministers had with their external partners on Thursday. Singapore is the present nation coordinator for Asean-India ties. At the 2022 Asean Summit in Cambodia, the bloc officialy upgraded its cooperation with India to a comprehensive deliberate friendship to bring up trade and investment flows.

Dr Balakrishnan noticed that the 2023 aim was to enforce this partnership, broaden and deepen important areas of cooperation, and to maintain an optimistic momentum in the rapports. He added that both Asean and India can polish and deepen regional friendship  and better utilise renewable, clean and low-carbon energy, as well as deal further in collaboration to build innovative and well-connected places.