New Delhi, Jul 31: External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar will be visiting Bangkok, Thailand to attend ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting and the 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting among other engagements.
According to an official release here, Dr Jaishankar will also attend the 26th ASEAN Regional Forum and the 10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting on August 1 and 2. The ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting to be co-chaired by Dr Jaishankar and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand Don Pramudwinai on Thursday will review progress in the implementation of key decisions of the Leaders of ASEAN Member States and India arrived at during the 25th Anniversary ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit held in New Delhi on January 25, 2018.
Similar discussions were also held at the Informal ASEAN-India Breakfast Summit held in Singapore on November 15, 2018 as also at the ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2016-2020). They will also exchange views on important regional and international issues and on ways and means of further strengthening the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership.
The External Affairs Minister will co-chair the 10th MGC Ministerial Meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Prak Sokhonn on Thursday.
The Meeting will review practical cooperation under the MGC framework, adopt the MGC Plan of Action (2019-2022) and also discuss the various commemorative activities planned next year to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the MGC, which is the oldest sub-regional cooperation framework set up by the Mekong countries, namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam with any external partner.
The 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to be held on August 2 will discuss preparations for the East Asia Summit, scheduled to be held in Bangkok on November 4, 2019. At the meet, the Ministers will discuss implementation of the Manila Plan of Action (2018-2022) to implement the Phnom Penh Declaration on the EAS Development Initiative, adopted by the EAS Leaders in 2012.
The Ministers will also deliberate on the current regional and international issues and on further strengthening of the EAS as the region’s prominent Leaders-led forum for discussion on global political-security and economic issues. Dr Jaishankar will also hold a number of bilateral meetings with his counterparts on the sidelines of the ASEAN-related multilateral meetings. (UNI)