Swaraj to inaugurate PBD of ASEAN today in Singapore
Swaraj will be holding bilateral meetings with the leaders in Singapore and interact with People of Indian Origin (PIO) delegations from ASEAN countries, who are participating in the PBD, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a pre-departure statement said.
PIO delegations from all the ASEAN countries, including ministers, eminent personalities, business and socio-political leaders will be participating in the event, it added.
Speaking at the inauguration, Swaraj said, “The 5th Round Table meeting taking place at a very important juncture as in less than three weeks from now, India will host the ASEAN-India commemorative summit to mark the 25 years of India-ASEAN relations.”
“Therefore, the discussions are timely and opportunely. It will provide useful inputs to our leaders, when they will meet on 25th January in New Delhi for the summit,” she added.
Swaraj urged the Think-Tanks to strengthen consultation and suggest ways to enhance maritime, commercial, educational and cultural co-operation.
“We unequivocally condemned terrorism in all its forms. We expressed our strong opposition to any selective approach to deal with this group of menace and called upon all the countries to stop providing state sponsorship to terrorism and prevent their territories to stop being used for establishing terrorist safe havens,” Swaraj said.
The two leaders also reviewed trade, energy ties, defence cooperation and people to people links in the meeting.
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