Bringing down barriers in trade and investment will be the main focus of External Affairs Minister S M Krishna’s meeting with the Asean group of countries here on Wednesday.
“Since we embark on Look-East Policy, I think the Asean group of countries have assumed special significance and we would like to further strengthen our relations,” Krishna told reporters here. The India-Asean free-trade agreement in services is also expected to feature in the meeting.
The talks will be co-chaired by the Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong.
The meeting has a special significance this year as India will be hosting 10 heads of states from the region at the commemorative summit to mark 20 years of Asean-India relations this December in Delhi. One of the major events that India has planned is an Asean-India car rally, which will begin from November 25 in Yogakarta in Indonesia and end at Guwahati on December 17.