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Your Excellency President Thein Sein, Excellencies,

Let me, at the outset, congratulate you and thank you and the people of Myanmar for the excellent arrangements and for the warm hospitality, for which this beautiful country is well known. As a neighbour, India takes great pride and delight in Myanmar’s success as the host of this event.

16 (3)-684 Since entering office six months ago my government has moved with a great sense of priority and speed to turn our ‘Look East Policy’ into ‘Act East Policy’. The East Asia Summit is an important pillar of this policy.

No other forum brings together such a large collective weight of global population, youth, economy and military strength. Nor is any other forum is so critical for peace, stability and prosperity in Asia-Pacific and the world.

16 (8)-684Over the last eight Summits, we have made progress in a number of areas. We worked on important issues. We have begun to establish a culture and habit of dialogue and cooperation.

In the same vein, we should also start major initiatives on energy partnership, for example, in the area of solar energy, with the objective of bringing affordable clean energy within the reach of all.

Excellencies, Ebola has once again highlighted the importance of international cooperation in combating pandemics. India has made a contribution of US $ 12 million in the efforts against Ebola. We also have 251 police personnel, including 104 women personnel, as part of the UN Mission in Liberia. They have all remained on duty in Liberia.

The initiatives taken by the East Asia Summit in disaster preparedness and response are truly commendable.

Excellencies, our region has a number of complex and unresolved questions in the area of security. There is a need for a serious and sustained dialogue to strengthen the climate of understanding and confidence among all stakeholders in the region.

In a world of inter-dependence and globalization, there is no option but to follow international laws and norms. This also applies to maritime security.

For this reason, following international law and norms is important for peace and stability in South China Sea as well. This also includes the 1982 UN Convention on Law of the Sea, which should be the basis for resolving disputes peacefully. We also hope that the efforts to conclude a Code of Conduct on South China Sea by a process of consensus would be successful soon.

We also have to ensure that cyber and space remain a source of connectivity and prosperity, not new theatres for conflict.

Challenges of terrorism and extremism have increased. There is close link with drug trafficking, arms smuggling and money laundering.

We support the East Asia Summit Declaration on the Islamic State. At the same time, comprehensive response against terrorism requires a genuinely international partnership against all terrorism. Those who believe in humanity must come together. We should also reject any linkage between religion and terrorism.

Excellencies, a balanced Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, which gives equal emphasis to goods and services, could become a springboard for regional integration and prosperity.

Excellencies, we convey our best wishes for the goal of creating an ASEAN Community in 2015. ASEAN’s success is an inspiration for broader integration in the Asia-Pacific region. India has great confidence in Asian centrality and leadership in pursuing that goal.

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PM thanks world leaders for their greetings on India’s 74th Republic Day
January 26, 2023
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has thanked world leaders for their greetings on India’s 74th Republic Day.

In response to a tweet by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Prime Minister said;

"Thank you Prime Minister @AlboMP. Greetings to you and to the friendly people of Australia on Australia Day."

In response to a tweet by the Prime Minister of Nepal, the Prime Minister said; "Thank You @cmprachanda ji for your warm wishes!"

In response to a tweet by the Prime Minister of Bhutan, the Prime Minister said; "Thank you @PMBhutan Dr. Lotay Tshering for your warm wishes! India is committed to its unique partnership with Bhutan for progress and prosperity of both our nations."

In response to a tweet by the President of Maldives, the Prime Minister said; "Thank you for your warm greetings, President @ibusolih. Glad to see the sustained progress achieved by India-Maldives partnership, underpinned by common democratic values."

In response to a tweet by the Prime Minister of Israel, the Prime Minister said; "Thank you for your warm wishes for India's Republic Day, PM @netanyahu. Look forward to further strengthening our strategic partnership."

In response to a tweet by the President of France, the Prime Minister said; "Grateful for your warm greetings my dear friend @EmmanuelMacron on India’s Republic Day. I share your commitment to work together for success of India’s G20 Presidency & 25th anniversary of India-France Strategic Partnership. India and France together are a force for global good."

In response to a tweet by the Prime Minister of Mauritius, the Prime Minister said; "Thank you, PM @KumarJugnauth. In our shared journey as modern Republics, our two countries have been partnering closely in people-centred development. Looking forward to taking our cherished partnership with Mauritius to even greater heights."