ASEAN Summit: PM Modi leaves for Laos, to boost 'Act-East Policy'

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 07 September 2016, 08:24 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves on Wednesday for Laos on a two-day visit to attend the annual India-ASEAN and East Asia summits. In Vientiane, the capital of Laos, PM Modi will attend the 14th ASEAN-India Summit and the 11th East Asia Summit.

The Summits will be attended by Heads of State of the 10 ASEAN and 18 East Asia Summit Participating Countries.

Asean India Summit will play an important role in boosting India's 'Act-East Policy'. At the 14th ASEAN-India Summit, ASEAN Leaders will review ASEAN-India cooperation and discuss its future direction.

Sharing his visit on social messaging site Facebook, PM Modi said, “Our strategic partnership with ASEAN is also important for safeguarding and promoting our security interests and countering traditional and non-traditional security challenges in the region,”.

He also added that East Asia Summit is the premier forum for discussions on the challenges and opportunities before the Asia Pacific region.

During the visit, he said he will also have the opportunity to interact with the leaders of participating countries to discuss bilateral issues of mutual concern.