PM Modi Attends ASEAN-India Summit, Emphasises on ‘Make in India’ Project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the 12th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India summit in Myanmar at the International Convention Centre on Wednesday during the second day of his 3-nation tour.

Ahead of his visit, Modi said, “ASEAN is at the core of our Act East Policy and at the centre of our dream of an Asian century, characterised by cooperation and integration.”

After visiting Myanmarese President Thein Sein on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the 12th ASEAN-India summit, Modi met Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on Wednesday and said, "I congratulate you for the reform initiatives you have taken not just for governance but also for opening the economy."

On PM’s official microblogging site, it has been tweeted that the Malaysian PM wants Indian companies to look at opportunities in Malaysia. Meanwhile thanking and inviting Razak to India, Modi said, "Malaysia worked a lot on affordable housing. We want every Indian to have a home by 2022. Have seen your companies can work in this area."

While Modi focused on issues related to connectivity, cultural contacts and commercial ties with Thein Sein, he emphasised on his ambitious project ‘Make in India’ to Razak, and said that he would like to invite Malaysian companies to India, telling, “There are a lot of opportunities” in India.

Amid, Modi reportedly said to Razak, “Malaysia and India have worked together in the past. We can take this much further under your leadership.”

However, after meeting Razak, Modi met Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. Expressing his confidence to build a stronger relationship, Modi said to his counterpart, “I congratulate you on becoming the PM of Thailand. Am sure our relations will become stronger.” Informing Prayut that Indian External Affairs Minister will attend the Sanskrit Conference being organised in Thailand, he invited Prayut to visit the country.

Meanwhile, the Thai PM has appreciated India’s Make in India policy and said, “I fully agree and admire the concept of @makeinindia_ it can drive the economy. Thailand can apply it for its economy too,” the PMO’s Twitter handle quotes the Thai PM as telling Modi. PM Modi adds “there are several possibilities of cooperation in economic sphere”.

Modi will visit Australia and will attend the G-20 summit, which is to be held on November 15 and 16. After the G20 summit, Modi is likely to conduct “one-on-one meetings” with world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy Brey.

However, according to sources, though Modi would meet all these leaders, the emphasis lies on meeting leaders such as German Chancellor Merkel and former British PM Gordon Brown (in Brisbane) whom the PM has not met yet.

As per reports, during his three nation tour, Modi is expected to hold meetings over 40 world leaders, including around 20 bilateral meetings with the leaders of China, Germany, Britain and South Korea.

Meanwhile, Modi has joined in instagram and shared his first image from the venue of the ASEAN and EAST Asia summit to instagram. Modi posted on Twitter, "Hello World! Great being on Instagram. My first photo this one from the ASEAN Summit, @Nay Pyi Taw."

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