Ahead of PM Narendra Modi's Visit, Quadrilateral Initiative Begins In Manila

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the India-Asean dialogue partnership and the golden jubilee of the formation of the Asean.

In his departure statement ahead of the three-day trip, Mr Modi asserted that he was confident that his visit to Manila will give further boost to India's bilateral relationship with the Philippines, and also strengthen India's politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement with Asean.

Others who will be in Manila for the summit meetings include Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and leaders from Japan, Canada, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand as well as the member states of ASEAN.

The MPFI has a special India connection because of its contribution towards distributing free prosthesis "Jaipur Foot" among the needy amputees.

US President Donald Trump arrived in the Philippines on Sunday for meetings with his Asia Pacific counterparts, the last stop of his Asian tour.

The Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Trade between India and ASEAN stood at Dollars 65.04 billion in 2015-16 and comprises 10.12 per cent of India's total trade with the world.

"The discussions focused on cooperation based on their converging vision and values for promotion of peace, stability and prosperity in an increasingly inter-connected region that they share with each other and with other partners", the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement issued on Sunday after the official-level meeting.

Trump on Friday praised India's "astounding" growth after it opened up its economy and also lauded Modi, saying he has been working successfully to bring the vast country and its people together.

"If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know", Trump said at a meeting with Vietnam's president, Tran Dai Quang.

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