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Jul 19, 2018
9:17PM

MEA Sushma Swaraj describes ASEAN as focal point of India’s foreign policy

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said, ASEAN is one of the focal points of India’s foreign policy, strategic concerns and economic interests. 

Addressing the ministerial session at the Delhi Dialogue in New Delhi, Ms Swaraj said, the government is committed to bringing India-ASEAN relations to its full potential through India’s Act East Policy, with ASEAN at the core. 

She said, India’s interests in the Indo-Pacific are vast and its engagement is deep. She said, India’s vision, in one word, is SAGAR which stands for - Security And Growth for All in the Region. 

The Minister said, the Indo-Pacific must be a free, open and an inclusive region. She stressed the common use of sea and air spaces in the region.

Ms Swaraj highlighted the importance of peaceful settlement of disputes in keeping with international law and finding collaborative solutions to emerging and non-traditional challenges. 
 

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