Bangkok, On the last day of his stay here in connection with crucial Leaders’ Meet on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and Association of South East Asian Nations-related Summits, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held talks with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.
Both the leaders discussed bilateral and regional issues. Earlier in the day, Mr Modi held two other important bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Japan Shinzo Abe and Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc. “A bond of friendship as old as it is strong,” tweeted MEA spokesman after Mr Modi’s meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister.
During the meeting, Mr Modi conveyed best wishes to his counterpart on Vietnam assuming the Chair of ASEAN next year.
Both the leaders also reviewed steps to strengthen the India-Vietnam comprehensive strategic partnership. At the bilateral meeting with Japanese PM Abe, both sides decided to further strengthen the bilateral cooperation especially in third countries for achieving the shared objective of peace, prosperity and progress of the Indo-Pacific region.
“The two Prime Ministers also reaffirmed their commitment towards a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region based on a rules-based order,” a press statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said. The Monday meeting was the third bilateral between Mr Modi and Mr Abe in the last four months. Mr Modi also attended the East Asia Summit here. The all important Leaders’ Meet on RCEP will be held later in the day.