Bhopal to host India-Asean Youth Summit

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New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) As part of the commemorative events to mark the 25th anniversary of the India-Asean dialogue partnership, an India-Asean Youth Summit will be held in Bhopal from August 14 to 19, it was announced on Friday.

“This event is being organised in collaboration with the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Secretariat and the India Foundation on the commemorative year’s theme which is ‘Shared values, common destiny’,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in his weekly media briefing here.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan are among the speakers listed for the event.

“We feel that this forum will enhance people-to-people contacts between India and Asean countries,” Baglay said.

“It will debate and generate new ideas in further strengthening our relationship with Asean countries,” he added.

India is actively boosting its ties with the 10-nation Asean bloc under New Delhi’s Act East Policy.

–IANS

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