21st century is ours, says PM Modi at ASEAN-India Summit

Jakarta: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday called ASEAN as the central pillar of India’s Act East Policy, adding the region will play a key role in India’s Indo-Pacific initiative.

PM Modi at the 20th ASEAN-India Summit said that the 21st century belongs to Asia, saying that “21st century is ours”. He also said that history and geography unite Bharat and ASEAN, adding that co-chairing the summit is a matter of pride and honor for him. The PM also congratulated Indonesian President Joko Widodo for organizing the 20the ASEAN-India Summit in Jakarta.

“Our history and geography unite India and ASEAN. Along with it, our shared values, regional integration, and our shared belief in peace, prosperity and multipolar world also unites us,” PM Modi said.

“This year’s theme is ASEAN Matters: Epicenter of Growth. ASEAN matters because here everyone’s voice is heard and ASEAN is the epicenter of growth because ASEAN plays an important role in global growth,” PM Modi said.

He added, “Last year we celebrated the India-ASEAN friendship day and gave it a form of comprehensive strategic partnership. Our partnership has reached the fourth decade. It is an honor for me to co-chair this Summit.”

Earlier, PM Modi received a grand welcome upon his arrival in Jakarta. The members of the Indian diaspora greeted him after he landed in the Indonesian capital.

After the ASEAN summit, PM Modi is scheduled to attend the East Asia Summit. “After that, I will be attending the 18th East Asia Summit. This forum provides a useful opportunity to deliberate on issues of importance to the region including food and energy security, environment, health, and digital transformation. I look forward to exchanging views with other EAS Leaders on practical cooperation measures to collectively address these global challenges,” Modi had posted on social media platform X before leaving for Jakarta.

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