Buenos Aires, Nov 30 : At the first Trilateral Summit of Japan, America and India - JAI, the US Presdient Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe complinted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the developmental works and reforms being carried out in India
Stating this Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the three leaders exchanged views on Indo-Pacific at the first meeting on the sidelines of G20 Summit here.
"They all agreed that free, open, inclusive and rules based order is essential for the region's peace and prosperity," Mr Gokhale said.
Prime Minister Modi "offered" ideas to the two leaders on how to carry forward the concept of Indo-Pacific and how the three countries can work together to promote this concept.
"Modi in particular felt that it is necessary for three countries to reach out to all stakeholders to explain the benefits of Indo-Pacific strategy and their advantages to these countries," the Foreign Secretary said.
The three leaders, importantly, agreed on the "central role" of ASEAN in the region and they also agreed to work on maritime and connectivity, Mr Gokhale said.
All the three - President Trump and two Prime Ministers Modi and Shinzo Abe felt that such meetings are "useful" and they should continue such deliberations on the sidelines of G20 Meetings.
"Overall there was a very positive atmosphere and the outcome of this first Trilateral has been very encouraging," he said.
The meeting between US President, Prime Ministers Modi and Shinzo Abe would mark "fruition of India's efforts and leadership role" in building awareness and consensus on key global challenges, a source said.
According to sources in the government of India, the episode will mark a significant leap in India's foreign policy and will be like adding a new feather in the cap of India's foreign policy engine room - PMO.
"It will mark recognition of India assuming leadership role on global issues of people's concerns such as climate change, renewable energy, corruption and disaster resilient infrastructure".
Observers say that the meet will seek to work out avenues to checkmate muscle flexing by China in the strategically crucial Indo-Pacific region. Of course, earlier in the day, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister met for crucial bilateral talks.