Singh reaches Cambodia for ASEAN summits

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 04:01 hrs

Phnom Penh: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday arrived at Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, for the 10th India-ASEAN Summit and the 7th East Asian Summit.

Before commencing on his three-day tour, during which he is expected to meet Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao among other global leaders, Singh said India's partnership with 10-nation ASEAN is an important component of the 'Look East Policy'.

"This year marks the 20th anniversary of our dialogue partnership and 10th anniversary of Summit-level engagement with ASEAN. We are celebrating this milestone by hosting a special Commemorative Summit in New Delhi in December," he said.

"The Summit in Phnom Penh will give us an opportunity to preview and prepare an ambitious agenda for the Summit next month to take the India-ASEAN relationship to a new level.

"In this context, my ASEAN colleagues and I will also have the opportunity to review in Phnom Penh the recommendations of the Eminent Persons Group of India and ASEAN," he added.

Singh further said that the East Asia Summit was the foremost forum for promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region.

"This year, we are preparing to launch the negotiations for a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership among ASEAN and its FTA Partners, including India.

"This is a giant step towards creation of an economic community in the region. This forum also serves as a useful platform for enhancing cooperation in the region and discussing regional security issues," he said.

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