Bangkok: As New Delhi seeks to increase its naval presence within the Indian Ocean area, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held separate bilateral conferences with the highest management of Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar, the three strategically-located maritime neighbours of India.
The prime minister held the conferences on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit. It’s learnt that the difficulty of maritime safety cooperation figured in all of the three conferences.
Within the deliberations between Modi and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha, the 2 sides agreed to reinforce bilateral cooperation within the defence industries sector and resolved to spice up commerce ties, the Exterior Affairs Ministry mentioned.
“India and Thailand are close maritime neighbours having historical and cultural linkages. In the contemporary context, India’s Act East’ policy is complimented by Thailand’s Look West’ policy which has made the relationship deep, robust and multifaceted,” the MEA mentioned.
Of their talks, Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo reiterated their dedication to work collectively for peace, safety and prosperity within the Indo-Pacific area, apart from resolving to work carefully to take care of threats of terrorism and extremism, it mentioned.
Modi congratulated Widodo on the beginning of his second time period because the president of Indonesia and conveyed that because the world’s two largest democratic and plural societies, India is dedicated to work with Indonesia to strengthen ties within the areas of defence, safety, connectivity, commerce and funding, the MEA mentioned.
The prime minister held a “constructive” assembly with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi throughout which they explored methods to reinforce bilateral cooperation in areas of connectivity and capability constructing, Exterior Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar mentioned.
Considerably, India has been step by step ramping up its naval cooperation with all of the three international locations within the face of China’s rising navy posturing within the Indian Ocean area.
“When Act East & Neighborhood First converge. PM @narendramodi had a constructive assembly with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to reinforce cooperation in capability constructing, connectivity and people-to-people ties, amongst different areas, Kumar tweeted.
It isn’t instantly recognized whether or not the difficulty of Rohingya Muslims figured within the assembly.
An estimated 7,00,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State since 2017 after large-scale violence following a navy crackdown. The exodus of refugees in giant numbers has resulted in a serious disaster in neighbouring Bangladesh.
Myanmar can be certainly one of India’s strategic neighbours and the 2 international locations share a 1,640-km-long land border.
Modi arrived right here on a three-day go to on Saturday to attend ASEAN-India, the East Asia and the RCEP summits.