Media Center

East Asia Summit (EAS) and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) in Vientiane, Lao PDR

June 09, 2024

Secretary (East), Shri Jaideep Mazumdar, represented India at the East Asia Summit Senior Officials’ Meeting (EAS SOM) and the ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Officials’ Meeting (ARF SOM) on 7-8 June 2024 in Vientiane, Lao PDR

2. ​The EAS SOM held on 7 June 2024 was chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister of Lao PDR, H.E Mr. Thongphane Savanphet. Counterparts from 18 EAS Participating Countries (10 ASEAN Member States and 8 Dialogue Partners of ASEAN namely, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, RoK, Russia and the US) and Timor-Leste took part in the EAS SOM. Main issues discussed included strengthening of the leaders-led EAS platform, implementation of the ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP), and regional and international issues such as the situation in South China Sea, Gaza, Korean Peninsula, Myanmar and Ukraine. Secretary (East), in his intervention, stressed on the key role played by EAS as the premier mechanism to promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific. He noted the strong convergence between the Indo-Pacific Oceans’ Initiative (IPOI) and the AOIP. The participants welcomed the invitation extended by India to the 6th EAS Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation to be held in Mumbai on 4-5 July 2024.

3.​The ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Officials’ Meeting (ARF SOM) held on 8 June 2024 was attended by Senior Officials of ARF Member States and chaired by Lao PDR as the current Chair of ASEAN. Activities and exchanges under ARF over the past year were reviewed and future plans and activities were discussed at the meeting. Senior Officials exchanged views on regional and international developments, as well as issues related to maritime and cyber security, among others. Secretary (East) appreciated the role of the ASEAN-led mechanisms, and ARF in particular, in the emerging regional architecture for promoting mutual trust and understanding in the region. He shared our concern about the threats posed by terrorism and called for collective action in this regard. Participants appreciated the co-chairing by India of the 15th ARF Inter-sessional Meeting on Maritime Security along with Indonesia and the United States in May 2024. India has also been leading the training module on International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, along with Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and the United States.

4. ​During the visit, Secretary (East) held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Lao PDR, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Australia, Philippines and the European Union. Bilateral cooperation was reviewed and perspectives on the region were shared during the meetings.

New Delhi
June 09, 2024

Click here for Urdu version Urdu.pdf
Click here for Bengali version Bengali.pdf
Click here for Gujarati versionGujarati.pdf
Click here for Kannada versionKannada.pdf
Click here for Malayalam version Malayalam.pdf
Click here for Odia versionOdia.pdf
Click here for Punjabi versionPunjabi.pdf
Click here for Tamil versionTamil.pdf
Click here for Telugu versionTelugu.pdf
Click here for Assamese versionAssamese.pdf
Write a Comment Write a Comment

Post A Comment

  • Name *
    E-mail *
  • Write Your Comment *
  • Verification Code * Verification Code