PM Modi discusses sustainable development with ASEAN leaders

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi He participated in the lunch meeting on Sustainable Development with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in the middle of the 35th ongoing here Monday.

Later in the day, PM Modi is scheduled to participate in the 14th East Asia Summit.

Previously, Modi met with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, within the framework of the ASEAN Summit and held a delegation-level meeting where they welcomed the increased economic commitment between the two nations and reviewed the progress on the project High-speed train Mumbai-Ahmedabad previously signed by the two countries.

Prime Minister Modi will also attend the Summit of the Regional Integral Economic Association (RCEP), where the leaders of the member countries will review the status of the negotiations that are currently underway in Bangkok and will continue over the next few days.

RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement between 10 ASEAN countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia Malaysia Myanmar Singapore Thailand , The Philippines, Laos and Vietnam and their six partners of FTA China, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Modi also plans to attend several bilateral meetings, including that of Vietnam's Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

After concluding the summit, Modi plans to leave Don Mueang International Airport from Bangkok to Delhi at 10 p.m. (local time).