Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai highlighted a dynamic ASEAN-India partnership that is built upon close and long-time friendship, as well as historical and cultural ties between India and Southeast Asia.
Mr. Don Pramudwinai on 12 September 2020 and Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, co-chaired the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting via video conference during the 53rd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, in Thailand’s capacity as Country Coordinator for ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations, delivered the ASEAN common statement.
In the statement, he underlined that amidst the current geopolitical challenges and adverse impact of COVID-19, the strength of the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership should be advanced based on principles in the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP).
In this regard, ASEAN supports India’s constructive role in the region through India’s Act East Policy. All of this would help build an environment of trust and confidence that is conducive to post COVID-19 recovery.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister also stressed the need for enhanced cooperation across all areas, such as the production and distribution of medicines and vaccines, as India has leading expertise in medical and pharmaceutical R&D, as well as capacity-building in ICT in preparation for the digital era.
A joint effort to promote academic network was also highlighted with the successful convening of the 6th Roundtable of the ASEAN-India Network of Think-Tanks (AINTT), co-hosted by Thailand and India in August 2020. The recommendations from the Roundtable were also noted by the Meeting.
The ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting is convened annually during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings with a view to enhancing ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership across various dimensions. Currently, Thailand serves as Country Coordinator for ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations under the term of 2018-2021.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department