PM Modi Converses With the Leaders of Three Key Maritime Neighbors of India

BY Tiya Chatterji 4.Nov.2019

BY Tiya Chatterji 4.Nov.2019

The ASEAN summit acted as the perfect opportunity for PM Modi to put forth the vision of naval expansion in the Indian Ocean region. The Prime Minister held separate bilateral meetings with the leaders of Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand: all of them being strategically located as our neighbors. Maritime Security Cooperation was the major agenda of all the three meetings.

“India and Thailand are close maritime neighbors having historical and cultural linkages. In the contemporary context, India’s ‘Act East’ policy is complimented by Thailand’s ‘Look West’ policy which has made the relationship deep, robust and multifaceted”, the MEA said. In the rumination between Prime Minister Modi and his Thai Counterpart Prayut Chan-O-Cha the two sides agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the defense industries sector and resolved to boost trade ties, the external affairs ministry said.

The Prime Minister and the Indonesian President Joko Widodo recapitulated their commitment at working towards resolving issues related to terrorism and a combined effort towards peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. The third meeting resulted productive between PM Modi and the Myanmar’s State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in order to enhance cooperation for capacity building, connectivity and people to people ties among various other areas.

India is gearing up its naval cooperation with the three neighbors in the face of China’s growing military strutting in the Indian Ocean region.