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10th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting

September 09, 2020

1.​ Minister of State for External Affairs (MOS) of India Shri V. Muraleedharan attended the 10th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (10th EAS FMM) on 9 September 2020. The Meeting was held virtually.

2.​ The Meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers of the EAS participating countries and chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Socialist Republic of Vietnam Mr. Pham Bin Minh.

3.​ The Meeting discussed ways and means to strengthen the Leaders-led EAS platform and to make it more responsive to emerging challenges on its 15th anniversary. The Ministers exchanged views on the current regional and international developments including the COVID-19 pandemic and the cooperation to achieve a speedy and sustainable recovery. The Meeting reviewed the status of commitments made by participating countries under the EAS framework and the progress in the implementation of the Manila Plan of Action (2018-2022) to implement the Phnom Penh Declaration on the EAS Development Initiative, adopted by the EAS Leaders in 2012. Preparations for the upcoming 15th EAS Summit scheduled in November 2020, were also discussed.

4. ​MOS in his remarks appreciated Vietnam’s efforts, as ASEAN Chair, for providing continued stewardship towards a ‘Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN’ in the difficult and uncertain times marked by COVID-19 pandemic. He underlined the key role played by EAS as a leading mechanism of the Indo-Pacific region and reiterated India's support to make it stronger and more responsive.

New Delhi
September 09, 2020

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