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VP Dhankhar highlights importance of EAS for ‘free Indo-Pacific’

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday participated in the 17th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Phnom Penh.

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Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday participated in the 17th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Phnom Penh. In his address at the EAS, Dhankhar pointed out the importance of the EAS mechanism in promoting a “free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific”, which comprises of freedom of navigation and overflight.

Jagdeep Dhankhar talked about the growing global concerns in the food and energy sector. He also urged for the contribution of members of the East Asia Summit to the International Year of Millets.

Sharing details regarding Dhankhar’s participation in EAS, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “VP Jagdeep Dhankhar @VPSecretariat participated in the 17th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Phnom Penh today. Underlined the growing global concerns on food & energy security and called for EAS Members’ full contribution to the International Year of Millets in 2023.”

In another tweet, Arindam Bagchi said, “Highlighted the importance of the EAS mechanism in promoting free, open & inclusive Indo-Pacific with freedom of navigation and overflight.” Jagdeep Dhankhar also met US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the 17th East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh.

Notably, East Asia Summit comprises the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states — Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam and its eight dialogue partners – India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Russia.

The East Asia Summit (EAS) is the Indo-Pacific’s premier forum for strategic dialogue. It is the only leader-led forum at which all key Indo-Pacific partners meet to discuss political, security and economic challenges facing the region and has an important role to play in advancing closer regional cooperation.

On November 12, Vice President Dhankhar held a meeting with Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh. The two leaders had “wide-ranging” discussions on bilateral relations between two nations, including human resource, de-mining & development projects. Dhankhar and Hun Sen witnessed the exchange of four Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) between India and Cambodia in areas of culture, wildlife and health.