Sushma to undertake tour of Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore


New Delhi, To give further boost to the intensive bilateral interactions in South East Asia, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be making a three-nation tour of Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore from January 4. During her visits, that will culminate on January 8, Ms Swaraj will share with her interlocutors relevant information about the forthcoming ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit which marks 25 years of the the establishment of Dialogue Partnership between Indian and ASEAN, a MEA statement said here. A series of events has been organized by MEA over the last year to celebrate this jubilee in different Indian cities and also ASEAN countries, which will culminate in the Summit later in January here. On the first leg of this visit, the External Affairs Minister will be in Thailand on January 4-5 and she will hold an official meeting with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai. All aspects of bilateral relations with Thailand will be discussed with particular focus on political, defence and economic ties and on further enhancing India's engagement with ASEAN countries, MEA said. Thailand will assume the role of coordinator country for India-ASEAN relations in the middle of 2018. During her two-day visit to Indonesia from January 5, Ms Swaraj will co-chair the 5th meeting of India-Indonesia Joint Commission with her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi. Both the Ministers will also inaugurate the second meeting of ASEAN-India Network of Think Tanks. External Affairs Minister will call on the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo and also meet the new Secretary General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi. "As the biggest country in the ASEAN region with the largest economy, Indonesia is an important partner for India including in trade and strategic matters," MEA said.During her visit to Singapore on January 6-8, Ms will inaugurate the Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas of ASEAN countries on January 7. The theme of the event is 'Ancient Route, New Journey: Diaspora in the Dynamic ASEAN-India Partnership'. She will have bilateral meetings with the leaders in Singapore and also interactions with PIO delegations from ASEAN countries.