PM Modi Likely to Attend Asean Summit in Indonesia Before G20 Summit

The Asian Age.  | Sridhar Kumaraswami

India, All India

This potential visit underscores India's foreign policy vision

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)

New Delhi: Just before the G20 Summit in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may travel to Indonesia for the Asean Summit, scheduled from September 5 to 7. There's a strong possibility of his attendance at both the India-Asean Summit and the East Asia Summit during his visit.

Indonesia, as this year's ASEAN Summit host, has shown keen interest in Modi's in-person presence. While either Modi or Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar were initially considered for the visit, the likelihood of Modi's trip to Indonesia remains high. Notably, Indonesia, a G20 member and last year's G20 Chair, holds significance in the international arena. The G20 Summit, succeeding Indonesia's event, is set to occur in New Delhi on September 9 and 10, featuring two sessions on September 9 and one on the morning of September 10.

This potential visit underscores India's foreign policy vision, emphasising the importance of the 10-nation Asean bloc in the nation's strategies. India acknowledges the central role of Asean in the Indo-Pacific framework, where China's influence persists amid maritime tensions with Asean nations like the Philippines. Alongside the United States, Japan, and Australia, India is part of the Quad alliance, aimed at fostering an open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.