Modi-Trump meet in Manila significant
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump are likely to meet on the sidelines of the Asean Summit in Manila on Monday,...
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump are likely to meet on the sidelines of the Asean Summit in Manila on Monday, according to sources.
Trump, who is visiting the region as part of his outreach to Asia, is likely to arrive in Manila on Sunday and hold meetings with regional leaders. A meeting between Trump and Modi will be significant, as this is the first meeting since the idea of a quadrilateral grouping, involving Japan, US, Australia and India, has taken shape in recent months.
Trump hosted Modi in the White House in June beginning their formal interaction since the former took charge in January. The Prime Minister on Saturday said his visit to the Philippines for the 15th India-Asean Summit, the 12th East Asia Summit and his bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, symbolises India’s commitment to continue deepening its ties with Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific region.
The Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
In a statement ahead of his departure on Sunday for a three-day visit to the Philippines, Modi said it will be his first bilateral visit to the Asean member state. He said his participation in the two summits symbolises India’s commitment to continue deepening relationship with Asean member states, in particular, and with the Indo-Pacific region, in general, within the framework of the government’s Act East Policy.
Modi said that besides the two summits, he would also participate in special celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Asean, the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders’ Meeting and an Asean Business and Investment Summit.
RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement between the 10 Asean member states and the six states with which the grouping has free trade pacts - Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.