India External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Wednesday met ASEAN Secretary-General Kao Kim Hourn

Indian Foreign Minister- ASEAN Secretary-General met, discussion in finance, cyber and maritime sectors

Jakarta

India External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Wednesday met ASEAN Secretary-General Kao Kim Hourn in Indonesia and suggested India-ASEAN dialogue in finance, cyber and maritime sectors. “Started our activities in Indonesia with a meeting with ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. kao Kim Hourn. Discussed the development of our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Suggested India-ASEAN dialogue in finance, cyber and maritime sectors,” EAM Jaishankar tweeted on Wednesday.

“Mentioned the ongoing work in the field of energy, disaster management and health and welfare. It was agreed to extend our Track II engagement,” Jaishankar further wrote. The External Affairs Minister said that the ASEAN relationship paves the way for the Indo-Pacific vision. Jaishankar wrote, “India is therefore deeply committed to the principle of ASEAN centrality.” External Affairs Minister Jaishankar also met Malaysian Foreign Minister Jambri Abdul Kadir on Friday.

“Great to meet the Foreign Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Jambri Adbul Kadir. Discussed our growing bilateral cooperation. Exchanged views on ASEAN related issues. Look forward to welcoming him to India,” the external affairs minister tweeted on Wednesday. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar is on a six-day visit to Indonesia, Thailand from July 12-18. According to a release, in the first leg of his visit, the External Affairs Minister will reach Indonesia on July 13-14 to attend the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting under ASEAN and then he will travel to Thailand for the Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. Will go Said on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday.

Jaishankar will visit Jakarta, Indonesia on July 13-14 for the ASEAN-India, East Asia Summit and the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting under the ASEAN framework in the ASEAN Regional Forum format. External Affairs Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other countries. India’s engagement with this ASEAN-centric regional architecture is symbolic of India’s strong commitment to the centrality of ASEAN in the Indo-Pacific.

​After Jakarta, the External Affairs Minister will travel to Bangkok, Thailand to attend the 12th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Mechanism on July 16, 2023. The MGC is one of the oldest mechanisms in the lower Mekong region and is guided by India’s Act East policy. ​In Bangkok, the External Affairs Minister will also participate in the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Foreign Ministers’ Retreat on July 17, 2023. BIMSTEC is an economic and technological initiative that brings together the Bay of Bengal countries for multidimensional cooperation. The retreat will discuss ways to further deepen the BIMSTEC agenda and strengthen the organisation.