New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed hope that India-ASEAN friendship in COVID era will keep strengthening relations in future and form base for goodwill between the people. Addressing the 18th ASEAN-India Summit via video conferencing, Mr Modi said, due to COVID-19, all had to face a lot of challenges. He said, this challenging time was also a test of India-ASEAN friendship.
Prime Minister emphasised that history has witnessed that India and ASEAN have had vibrant relations for thousands of years. Mr Modi said, the unity and centrality of ASEAN has always been an important priority for India. Mr Modi underlined that the year 2022 will mark the completion of 30 years of India- ASEAN partnership and India will also complete 75 years of its independence.
He also announced that India will celebrate this important milestone as ASEAN-India Friendship Year. AIR correspondent reports, important regional and international developments including post-pandemic economic recovery will be discussed at the summit.