NEW DELHI, 10 March 2014 - Senior officials, academicians and businessmen from ASEAN and India met at the Delhi Dialogue VI on 6-7 March in New Delhi, to exchange ideas and ways to translate the ASEAN-India Vision Statement into practical cooperation. The Vision Statement was adopted by the Leaders of ASEAN and India at their Commemorative Summit in December 2012 in New Delhi.

Speaking at the Inaugural Session of the Delhi Dialogue VI on 6 March, H.E. Salman Khushid, Minister of External Affairs of India, stressed India’s commitment to implement the action lines detailed in the Vision Statement.

Speaking at the same Session, H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, stated that ASEAN-India dialogue relations have evolved and matured transcending the realm of functional cooperation to now cover a wide spectrum of political-security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation.

On the following day, in his Special Address at the Session 1 of the Delhi Dialogue VI on “Translating the Vision Statement”, Secretary-General Minh highlighted a number of recommendations to translate the Vision Statement into practical activities for the benefit of the peoples of ASEAN and India. Among others, Secretary-General Minh stressed that ASEAN and India need to collaborate to implement concrete activities in culture, education, youth, sports, creative industries, science and technology, information and communication technology and software, human resource development as well as scholarly exchanges. There is also a need to enhance contacts between parliamentarians, media personnel, academics and Track II institutions.

Also speaking at the Delhi Dialogue VI were, among others, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, and senior officials from other ASEAN Member States.

Since 2009, the Delhi Dialogue process has served as an annual international forum for government officials, academicians, businessmen and investors to exchange views and ideas and make recommendations to further promote ASEAN-India dialogue relations. Supported by the Governments of ASEAN Member States and India, the Delhi Dialogue was jointly organised and sponsored by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI), the Indian Institute of Defence Strategic Analysis (IDSA), the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), the SAEA Group Research (SAEA), the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) Singapore, and the Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) Jakarta.

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