Duterte, ASEAN leaders to meet again in India

Ramayana festival begins with an aim to enhance India Asean ties PM Modi 'delighted'

Duterte, ASEAN leaders to meet again in India

Republic Day is celebrated to remember India's liberation from the British Rule and the coming of its own constitution into force.

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Duterte will be visiting India for the first time from January 24 to 26 to attend the India-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Commemorative Summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will welcome the ASEAN leaders at the India Gate together with the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. It will see the participation of 10 countries - Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam - which will stage various episodes of the Rama story, through a harvest of sights and sounds, nuanced interpretations and revelations.

In the spring of 1947, as India prepared for independence, the interim government hosted an unprecedented gathering in New Delhi: the Asian Relations Conference. PM Modi had invited the ASEAN leaders to this year's Republic Day parade during his ASEAN-India Summit in November last year.

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In 2017, India was one of ASEAN's top five partners in development assistance with funded projects and programs amounting to $55.5 million.

The ASEAN-India Special Commemorative Summit is the culminating activity of the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India dialogue relations which started in January 2017 while the Philippines was ASEAN chair.

This is the first time when the Republic Day celebrations will host 10 chief guests. 113 women from the Border Security Force or BSF will also perform stunts on motorcycles. "This celebrates India's deep civilizational and historical relations with the ASEAN region", the Prime Minister posted on Twitter. Military parade, display of military equipment and National flag are the important symbol this day.

She added that the DFA is still waiting for confirmation if the President will have a bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister NarendraModi. This day will mark the double celebration as India will complete 25 year grouping with ASEAN.

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