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Krishna on three-day visit to Phuket

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NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna left here on Tuesday on a three-day visit to Phuket, Thailand, to attend the India-ASEAN, East Asia Summit and ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial meeting.

While the India-ASEAN meeting will focus on reviewing India-ASEAN cooperation, the East Asia Summit Ministerial meeting will discuss regional issues.

The meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum, a premier body for dialogue on security issues in the Asia Pacific, will deal with terrorism, maritime security and disaster management, besides confidence-building and preventive diplomacy on traditional security concerns.

India’s engagement with the ASEAN and the East Asia Summit is an important element of the ‘Look East’ policy, which the government initiated in the early 1990s.

Ever since India became a Sectoral Dialogue Partner of the ASEAN in 1992, the ASEAN-India relationship has registered significant progress.

India’s trade with the ASEAN has increased from $6.93 billion in 2001 to $38.36 billion in 2008. To further consolidate the growing relationship in trade, an ASEAN-India Agreement on Trade-in-Goods has been finalised.

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