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ASEAN leaders attend Republic Day

Leaders of 10 Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries  attended the Republic Day parade at Rajpath, Delhi today. These include the likes of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos and Brunei

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying down a floral arrangement to honor the lives lost in ensuring India’s democratic future.

As the flame burned at the Amar Jawan Jyoti to honor the courage of the Armed Forces personnel- The leaders consented on strengthening ASEAN-India economic relations by full utilization and effective implementation of the ASEAN-India Free Trade Area.

The primary goal being the implementation of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to ensure a modern, comprehensive, high quality, and mutually beneficial relationship between the ASEAN countries.

A two-day India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit conducted by the Indian Government ended with members agreeing to strengthen economic relations amongst themselves.

Nearly 60,000 security personnel from the Delhi Police and central security forces were deployed in Central Delhi. Snipers were stationed on top of high-rise buildings accompanied by CCTV cameras to keep track on the people in attendance.

The summit marks 25 years of Indo-ASEAN ties.

Sources: ANI, Business Standard

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