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September 05, 2023 at 17:37 he

NEW DELHI (INDIA), SEPTEMBER 5 (ANI): Indonesia is set to chair the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summit (EAS) from September 6-7, Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East) Ministry of External Affairs, said the issues are of “relevance.” Common interest” will be discussed, but it is not possible to decide which issues will be raised.
He was talking about the possibility of any discussion on the so-called “standard map” released by China during the ASEAN summit in Indonesia.
This year, Indonesia will chair the ASEAN Summit with the theme “ASEAN Matters: Center for Growth”. This topic indicates that Indonesia expects ASEAN to be important and important as the center of economic growth.
Saurabh Kumar was addressing a special press conference on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Indonesia to attend the 20th ASEAN-India Summit and the 18th East Asia Summit.
“It is difficult to anticipate what will be discussed when the leaders meet, but issues of mutual interest – regional and international will come up once the discussion takes place… Whether there is consensus or not, I cannot anticipate what might come out of the discussions,” he said while addressing him. Special Press Conference: “We cannot disclose any specific term.”
“This year Indonesia holds the presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its theme is ASEAN Questions: Center for Growth. Within this framework, Indonesia has organized a major event of the Indo-Pacific ASEAN Forum to implement the ASEAN Outlook. This event focuses on further connecting ASEAN with the Indo-Pacific region,” he added. through the participation of companies and industries.
Notably, China released the 2023 edition of the so-called “standard map” on Aug. 28, which included the country’s claims on the nine-point line, and thus claims over much of the South China Sea.
This development has provoked sharp reactions from many of the neighbours. India registered a “strong protest” against Beijing and said it had no basis to claim Indian territory. Later, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Nepal also opposed the so-called “standard map”.
The eastern minister also informed that PM Modi’s visit to Indonesia will be small as he also has to host the G20 Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi.
“It is a very short visit, the PM is hosting the G20 and the effort is to take part in this important summit and come home as soon as possible because the PM is the host of the G20. So there will not be any bilateral talks during the visit,” Kumar said.
He also thanked the Indonesian side for making some adjustments to the ASEAN schedule, to facilitate Prime Minister Modi’s early return to India.
“The two summits are being organized on the 7th of this month so that Prime Minister Modi can come back early. The Indonesian side has been kind enough to bring forward the EAS timing a bit from afternoon to noon so that the prime minister can come back early. The ASEAN-India summit will be held in the period From 9 to 10 a.m. The Eastern Minister added that this will be followed by a 15-minute break and then the East Asia Summit will be held.
The Ministry of External Affairs said on Saturday that Prime Minister Modi will travel to Indonesia for a two-day visit to attend the 20th ASEAN-India Summit and the 18th East Asia Summit on Sept. 6-7.
Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to arrive in Jakarta at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
The upcoming ASEAN-India summit will be the first since the upgrading of relations between India and the ASEAN bloc to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2022.
The foreign ministry said the summit will review the progress of India-ASEAN relations and chart the future direction for cooperation.
A statement said the East Asia Summit will provide an opportunity for leaders of ASEAN countries and its eight dialogue partners, including India, to exchange views on issues of regional and global importance. (that I)

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