12 Jul 2012
Phnom Penh, July 11 (ANI): External Affairs S.M. Krishna on Wednesday said India will continue to engage constructively with ASEAN member states to achieve the full potential of the partnership.
"I have heard with great interest your views on furthering ASEAN-India partnership. Your valuable inputs and suggestions will be duly reflected in our future programmes. We will continue to engage constructively with ASEAN member States to achieve the full potential of our partnership," said Krishna in his statement at the 10th ASEAN-India ministerial meeting.
Krishna said the last one-year has seen important progression in the partnership between India and the ASEAN nations.
"India became the first Dialogue Partner to sign a MoU on Strengthening Tourism Cooperation with ASEAN countries in January this year," said Krishna.
"Your participation added tremendous value to Delhi Dialogue-IV in New Delhi in February 2012. The Delhi Dialogue has now emerged as a regular calendar event for track 1.5 level interface between ASEAN and India, with the next edition to be held in February 2013," he added.
Krishna informed that the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives had a useful visit to India in February 2012.
"I am happy to note that the first ASEAN-India Network of Think Tanks meeting would be help in India on August 7, 2012. We would like to see such interface between our officials facilitate quick concurrence to the numerous proposals, which ASEAN and India are keen to implement," said Krishna.
"The meeting of Heads of Space Agencies of India and ASEAN countries in Bengaluru in June this year made headway on the proposal for 'Establishment of a Tracking and Data Reception Station and a Data Processing Facility for ASEAN and the Training of ASEAN Personnel in Space Science and Technology'," he added.
Asserting that the people-to-people interaction is on track, Krishna said: " The work of ASEAN-India Artists was exhibited at the Civilizational Dialogue Conference held in Patna earlier this month. We would be inviting cultural troupes from all ASEAN countries to perform in different cities in November this year and, finally, to participate at a fusion cultural performance on the eve of the special ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit."
"We are eagerly looking forward to the first visit of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly delegation later this month. I personally believe that this visit would go a long way in strengthening the interface between our legislatures," he added.
Krishna said India would be hosting next month the first Meeting of the ASEAN-India Environment Ministers and also the first ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on New and Renewable Energy in November this year.
"In addition, the second ASEAN-India Business Fair would be held in Delhi from December 18-20, which will be back-to-back with the Commemorative Summit," he added.
Krishna further said the ASEAN-India Car Rally would be flagged off from Yogjakarta in Indonesia on November 24 to reemphasize the close connectivity.
"We propose that leaders of ASEAN and India to give a ceremonial flag down to the Car Rally in Delhi on December 20. Similarly, the sail training ship INS Sudarshini would undertake an expedition to ports in nine ASEAN countries. A number of business, cultural and people-to-people marker events have been planned," said Krishna.
"Some of my Ministerial colleagues and I would participate in these events and I would request, Excellencies, that ASEAN Ministers also lend the events their profile," he added. (ANI)