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Goverment keen on maritime cooperation with ASEAN

The fast emerging maritime cooperation between India and Asean would set the tone for growth in the Indo-Pacific region, the government said on Thursday. Speaking at the Track 1.5 event, Delhi Dialogue, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said, The theme is Strengthening India-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation. While pointing out that India is engaged in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations involving ASEAN and its six FTA partners, Swaraj expressed hope that negotiations would soon be finalised. We hope that we can finalise the negotiations soonest possible. We must follow a common, rules-based order that takes into account the equality of all, irrespective of size and strength. It should allow use of common spaces on sea and in the air, Earlier in the day, MoS, external affairs, VK Singh, said the government Singh said the theme has been chosen aptly this time in view of the focus that the government wants to put on Asean-India maritime cooperation. He stressed it is the idea of this cooperation that will set tone for the Indo-Pacific region.

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