PM Narendra Modi to attend East Asia Summit in Myanmar today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the East Asia Summit in Myanmar on Thursday, a day after he met Southeast Asian leaders during the 12th ASEAN-India summit.

Updated: Nov 13, 2014, 03:15 AM IST
PM Narendra Modi to attend East Asia Summit in Myanmar today

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the East Asia Summit in Myanmar on Thursday, a day after he met Southeast Asian leaders during the 12th ASEAN-India summit.

He is also likely to hold bilateral talks with the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and meet several other leaders.

Modi is currently on a 10-day visit to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji.

The United States President Barack Obama met Modi yesterday during the Gala dinner at the 12th ASEAN-India summit and called him a “man of action”.

This was the second meeting between the leaders of the two countries in six weeks. Modi had met Obama during his visit to the US in September.

In his maiden speech at the ASEAN-India Summit here, Modi said there will be major improvement in India's trade policy and environment and his government would move ahead with connectivity projects with ASEAN "with speed".

Modi said his government was laying stress on infrastructure, manufacturing, trade, agriculture, skill development, urban renewal and smart cities.

He invited the ASEAN block to "come and participate in building India's 100 smart cities and renewal of 500 cities".

Modi also said both sides should move quickly towards mutual recognition of degrees, a major stumbling block in the inking of the FTA on goods and services.

He met his Thai and Malaysian counterparts, Prayut Chan-o-cha and Najib Tun Razak, as well as Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

In his separate meetings with the four ASEAN leaders, Modi spoke about the 'Make in India' campaign launched to attract business to India and discussed possibilities of economic cooperation with them.

He also met Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and called her a "symbol of democracy".

(With IANS Inputs)