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 India declines to join RCEP, Modi invokes Gandhiji’s words on ‘weakest man’
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India declines to join RCEP, Modi invokes Gandhiji’s words on ‘weakest man’

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Bangkok, Nov 4: India on Monday conveyed to the 15 other participating countries of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership that it will not join the grouping in 'national interest'.

The announcement was made at the third RCEP Meet here by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"RCEP negotiations were among the 16 participating countries, and we have conveyed to the leaders of 10 ASEAN countries and its free trade partners that we would not be joining the RCEP," Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs Vijay Thakur Singh told reporters here.

At the meeting, Modi said he was "guided by the impact" it would have on the lives and livelihood of all Indians especially "vulnerable sections of the society".

"Modi spoke of Mahatma Gandhi's advice of recalling the face of the weakest and the poorest and then asked if the steps are of any use to them," Ms Singh said.

India had significant issues vis-a-vis the proposed mega trade pact and those "remained unresolved", she said. (UNI)