Modi will leave for Philippines on 3-day visit

Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for the Philippines on November 12 on a three-day visit to attend the India-ASEAN and East Asia summits during which boosting regional trade and combating terrorism and extremism are likely to be among the focus areas.Officials said India’s proposal to host an international conference on countering radicalisation may be discussed during the deliberations at Manila as New Delhi is now looking at finalising the dates for the conclave.While the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit is likely to focus more on trade and investment related issues, leaders at the East Asia Summit are expected to deliberate on matters relating to maritime security, terrorism, non-proliferation and migration.
“ASEAN is central to India’s Act East policy. Therefore our Prime Minister’s participation in the ASEAN-India summit and the East Asia Summit provides a very important opportunity to reiterate our commitment to our partnership,” Secretary East in the external affairs ministry Preeti Saran told reporters.In his maiden visit to the Philippines as the prime minister, Modi will also attend a reception by the Indian community and visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Mahavir Philippines Foundation.IRRI is an institute of global repute where a number of Indian scientists are working.
On India’s proposal at last ASEAN-India summit at Lao PDR to host a conference on countering radicalisation, Saran said India was in the process of fixing dates for it.Trade between India and ASEAN stood at USD 65.04 billion in 2015-16 and comprises 10.12 per cent of India’s total trade with the world.Apart from the 10 ASEAN Member states, East Asia Summit includes India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Russia.Asked about whether Modi will have bilateral meetings with US President Donald Trump and other leaders, Saran, without giving any specific reply, said the details are being worked out.Saran said a connectivity summit will be held in December while a regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas will be organised in January next year in Singapore.