Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reiterated India’s commitment to work with ASEAN nations to address the political, security and economic issues of the region.

Addressing the 12th East Asia Summit, Modi said ASEAN began in times of a great global divide, but today, it shines as a beacon of hope; a symbol of peace and prosperity.

“We look forward to the East Asia Summit attaining greater salience in years to come. I reiterate my commitment to work with you to address the political, security and economic issues of the region,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Modi met leaders of five countries, including Japan and Australia.

On Monday, the PM held bilateral meetings with US President Donald Trump and Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte.

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

The Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.