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PM Narendra Modi brought 10 Asian leaders and showcased India's military might for Republic Day

Speaking at the end of his five-day trip to India and Sri Lanka on Friday (Jan 26), Mr Lee said: "I can not say for sure that it will happen but I heard the leaders speaking yesterday and all of them expressed the right sentiments". Prime Minister also highlighted the historic ties that define the relationship between India ASEAN Nations.

He called for efforts to build trustworthy collaboration in the spirit of compliance with worldwide law, equality, mutual respect for the sake of peace and stability; promote trade liberalisation, and expand comprehensive cooperation and prosperity in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, Deputy FM Dung said.

Earlier on Friday, the 10 leaders-representing Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, Brunei, the Philippines and Malaysia-were chief guests at India's 69th Republic Day parade, in a major departure from established practice. A blanket of thick fog that engulfed the city in the morning and tight security restrictions didn't deter the enthusiasts from venturing out to gather at Rajpath, literary meaning King's Way - a ceremonial boulevard that runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan on Raisina Hill to India Gate.

Leaders of the ASEAN and India also chose to increase cooperation in combating other transnational crimes such as human trafficking, illicit drug trafficking, cyber crime and piracy.

"India and Asean nations have relations free from contests and claims. We remain committed to work with ASEAN to enhance practical cooperation in our shared maritime domain", he said.

"Asean and have vast opportunities - indeed, enormous responsibility - to chart a steady course through the uncertainty and turbulence of our times to a stable and peaceful future for our region and the world".

Prime Minister further said that India has always looked East to see the nurturing sunrise and the light of opportunities and now is no different.

The US has also been pitching for greater Indo-US cooperation in the strategically key Indo-Pacific region.

"Asean-partnership will play a defining role in both". He exuded confidence that ASEAN will be an integral part of New India's transformation.

In a first-of-its-kind event in the history of Indian democracy, leaders of as many as ten countries - Heads of States - witnessed the military might of India which was show-cased at the ever-glittering Republic Day Parade in the national capital yesterday as the country observed the completion of 68 years as an independent Republic.

According to Saran, all the ASEAN leaders had expressed admiration for India's growth story, and some had even sought details on use of the Aadhaar card and other attempts at curbing corruption initiated by the Modi government. He said, India and ASEAN have advanced the broad-based partnership through 30 mechanisms and with each ASEAN member, India have growing diplomatic, economic and security partnership.

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