New Delhi, Nov. 12: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump are likely to meet on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) anniversary celebrations in Manila, Phillippines on Monday.
Japenese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and several other world leaders will descend Manila on Sunday evening at the ASEAN summit which is set to extensively deliberate on evolving security challenges facing South East Asia.
Trump, who is visiting the region as part of his outreach to Asia, is likely to arrive in Manila on Sunday evening and will hold meetings with regional leaders.
The event is taking place amid China’s aggressive behaviour in the disputed the South China Sea and North Korea’s nuclear missile tests and both these issues are likely to figure prominently during discussions among the leaders, a senior diplomat told.
Also, a meeting between Indian PM Modi and Trump will be significant, as this is the first meeting since the idea of a quadrilateral grouping, involving Japan, US, Australia and India, has taken shape in recent months.
Earlier in June, Trump hosted PM Modi in the White House beginning their formal interaction since the US president took charge in January.
In Manilla, PM Modi will be accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar. He will arrive on Sunday evening at the Nioy Acquino International Airport in the city and then participate in the Special Gala Celebration in the evening.
On Monday, he will participate in the opening ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and will then visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at Los Banos.
PM Modi will also visit the Museum of History of Ideas and Mahaveer Philippine Foundation.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang are among other prominent leaders who are scheduled to attend the East Asia Summit.
While ASEAN summit is likely to focus more on trade and investment-related issues, leaders at the East Asia Summit are expected to delve deep into issues relating to maritime security, terrorism, non-proliferation and migration.
Apart from the 10 ASEAN member states, East Asia Summit includes India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the US.
Investment from ASEAN to India has been over USD 70 billion in the last 17 years, accounting for more than 17 per cent of India’s total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
India’s investment in ASEAN during the same period has been more than USD 40 billion.
INDIA.COM With input from agencies