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Looking forward to meeting leaders during 3-country visit: PM Modi

PTI 06 Nov 2014, 16:15:22 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he was looking forward to meeting international leaders during the ASEAN, East Asia Summit and G-20 which he will be attending during his visit to three countries—Myanmar, Australia and Fiji—from November 11 to 19.
Terming his visit to Australia as “special and historic” that was taking place after 28 years by any Indian Prime Minister, Modi tweeted, “In Australia I will meet the country's top leadership and am honoured to have been given an opportunity to address the Australian Parliament.”

He said, “Starting 11th November I would be travelling to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji to participate in various summits & bilateral meetings. In Myanmar I will attend 2 key multilateral summits -ASEAN & East Asia Summits. Looking forward to meeting leaders attending these Summits.”

The Prime Minister said, “Our ties with South East Asia are deep rooted. Strengthening relations with ASEAN nations is an important part of our ‘Act East' policy. ASEAN is central to our dream of an Asian century, where India will play a crucial role. I am sure the meetings there would be fruitful.”

Describing Myanmar as a “valued friend”, Modi said he will have bilateral meetings with leaders of Myanmar and emphasised that having stronger relations with Myanmar was a priority area for India.