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Narendra Modi attends ASEAN-India summit in Myanmar today

India TV News Desk 12 Nov 2014, 12:23:38 PM IST
India TV News Desk

Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the 12th ASEAN-India Summit in Myanmar today.

PM Modi arrived in the Myanmar capital by a special Air India plane on the first leg of his three-nation 10-day tour yesterday.

As soon as Modi arrived, he held a meeting with the Myanmarese President Thein Sein. In the short meeting of 45-minutes, the leaders of the two countries focused on issues related to connectivity, cultural contacts and commercial ties.

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Modi is also scheduled to hold talks with the opposition leader and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. At present, the country is debating on whether or not Suu Kyi should be allowed to contest the upcoming 2015 Parliamentary polls.

Prior to his visit, Modi had said that, “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.”

Modi in an official statement had said that he is looking forward to hold talks over the issue of how to take “our relationship to a new level, which will supplement our deepening bilateral ties with each member”.

On 12th and 13th Novermber 2014, PM Modi will be attending the 12th ASEAN-India Summit and the 9th East Asian Summit in Nay Pyi Taw and on   15th and 16th of November he will be attending the G-20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia.

The focus point of the Australia visit will be talks on the bilateral nuclear deal under which Canberra will supply uranium to New Delhi for its energy needs.

PM Modi will also be holding “one-on-one meetings” with an array of world leaders, including 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. A meeting with US President Barack Obama is even scheduled keeping G-20 Summit on the sidelines.