I am very pleased pleased to have the privilege privilege to participate in the India ASEAN Summit.
I am particularly particularly honoured that I got this opportunity in Myanmar. Myanmar is our great neighbour, with which we have had historically historically very close relations. Further, Further, India's Eastern journey begins on the Western boundary of Myanmar.
Excellency, I am grateful grateful to you for your warm warm welcome and hospitality; hospitality; congratulate you on the excellent arrangements; arrangements; and wish you great success in hosting the ASEAN and East Asia Summits.
My government has been in office for six months and the intensity and momentum with which we have enhanced enhanced our engagement engagement in the East, is a reflection of the priority that we give to this region.
e have close bilateral relations with each of you and we treat the relations with ASEAN with the same importance.
Today ASEAN has established established its own identity and voice in global political and economic affairs.
Today, the entire entire Asia Pacific region desires integration integration and cooperation.
To achieve this extremely extremely important goal we look at ASEAN, not only for inspiration but also for its leadership; and you have achieved a great deal of success in leading us in that direction.
The ASEAN community is India's neighbour. We have ancient ancient relations of trade, religion, culture, art and traditions. traditions. We have enriched enriched each other through our interaction.
This constitutes constitutes a strong foundation of a modern relationship.
That is why our world view is similar similar in many respects; our mutual confidence and trust is strong. We have no irritants in our relationship. We see encouraging opportunities and challenges in the world in similar similar ways.
ASEAN and India have the vigour vigour and enthusiasm of its youth and wisdom and understanding of its ancient ancient civilisations.
Rapidly Rapidly developing India and ASEAN can be great partners for each other. We are both keen keen to enhance enhance our cooperation in advancing balance, peace and stability in the region.
We have been successful to a considerable extent extent in pursuing pursuing our dreams. We have laid a foundation for a strong and comprehensive comprehensive strategic partnership.
But, our potential potential is much higher than where we are at the moment.
A new era of economic development, industrialization and trade has begun in India. Externally, India's 'Look East Policy' has become 'Act East Policy.'
We greatly respect the enthusiasm with which you have extended extended the hand of friendship to India. Today the world and the region need a strong India ASEAN partnership;
That is why we believe that we are entering in a new era in the India ASEAN partnership.
I look forward keenly keenly to hear your views.
But before I end, I want to thank His Majesty Sultan Hassan al Bolkiah of Brunei for injecting so much energy in India ASEAN relationship as country coordinator. I am also confident that Vietnam, as the next country coordinator, will take our relationship to an even higher plane.