The 16th East Asian Summit hosted by Brunei as EAS and ASEAN Chair has adopted three key statements on mental health, economic recovery through tourism and sustainable recovery. These three resolutions have been co-sponsored by partner countries including India. India was represented in the meeting by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, through video conferencing.
In his remarks at the summit, the Prime Minister reaffirmed the importance of EAS as the premier leaders-led forum in the Indo-Pacific, bringing together nations to discuss important strategic issues. The Prime Minister highlighted India’s efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic through vaccines and medical supplies. He also spoke about ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign for post-pandemic recovery and in ensuring resilient global value chains.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, also emphasised on the establishment of a better balance between economy and ecology and climate sustainable lifestyle. He reaffirmed ‘ASEAN centrality’ in the Indo-Pacific and highlighted the synergies between ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP) and India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI).The summit saw the participation of leaders from ASEAN countries and other EAS participating countries including Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, USA and India. .