The senior officials exchanged views on the developments in ASEAN and in India and reviewed cooperation between both sides. The meeting noted the steady progress in the implementation of the ASEAN - India Plan of Action (POA) for 2021-2025 and looked forward to the finalization of the Annex to the POA to ensure that their partnership becomes substantive and mutually beneficial in the coming years.

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The meeting also discussed ways to further strengthen cooperation in several areas of mutual interest including maritime activities, transnational crimes, cybersecurity, science and technology, transport and connectivity, digital economy, fintech, tourism, agriculture, environment, sustainable development, and public health.

Furthermore, both sides also exchanged views on how to enhance people-to-people contacts through exchange programs involving youth, students, media and artists, scholarships programs, and capacity building and training courses.

Both sides expressed shared interest and aspiration in ensuring regional peace, security and stability, and acknowledged the need to exert efforts to materialize the implementation of the ASEAN - India Joint Statement on Cooperation on the ASEAN Outlook on the India-Pacific for Peace, Stability and Prosperity in the Region.

They noted with satisfaction the implementation of the commemorative activities to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ASEAN - India relations in 2022 including the Special ASEAN - India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the inauguration of the ASEAN -I ndia Network of Universities (AINU), ASEAN - India Media Exchange, and ASEAN - India Youth Summit, among others.

Source: VNA