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India ASEAN Summit: ASEAN key center for India’s global economic engagement, said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar

India ASEAN Summit: भारत के वैश्विक आर्थिक जुड़ाव के लिए आसियान प्रमुख केंद्र, बोले विदेश मंत्री एस जयशंकर

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday that ASEAN is one of India’s major centers of global economic engagement and New Delhi would like to return to the level of ambition set for partnership with the Southeast Asian bloc. (File Photo)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar) ASEAN is one of India’s key centers of global economic engagement and New Delhi would like to revisit the level of ambition set for partnership with the Southeast Asian bloc, India said on Thursday. Speaking at the India-ASEAN Business Summit, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said that India’s relations with ASEAN are rooted in history, geography and culture.

He said that the energy that has given him in recent years is a growing awareness of our mutual interests and their potential for development. As our collaboration has grown over the past 25 years, new facets and domains for collaboration have emerged. The External Affairs Minister said that the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a background on how most countries both shape their economic policies and even shape our way of life.

‘COVID-19 brought to the fore many shortcomings in the global health system’

Four regions have increasingly come into focus for international trade cooperation from the protracted crisis of the past two years. Jaishankar said that COVID-19 has brought to the fore many shortcomings in the global health system. Meaningful partnerships, sharing of advanced technologies, collaboration in vaccine and drug production, capacity building and transparency in health information are all part of the answers, and businesses have an important role to play in all of this.

The External Affairs Minister said that crisis can often be the basis of creativity and our effort should be to come out of this strong. Underlining the progress made by India in the field of COVID-19 production, Jaishankar said that our global cooperation has enabled us to emerge as a major vaccine production center for the world. In fact, we have also seen innovative ways of cooperation, including an initiative agreed upon by the Quad countries.

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