On September 9 2020, V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State(MoS) for External Affairs attended the 10th East Asia Summit(EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The Meeting was held over a virtual platform. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Pham Bin Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
The foreign ministers of the participating countries of EAS attended the meeting
Methods to reinforce the Leaders-led EAS platform and also to make it more responsive to the emerging challenges on its 15th anniversary.
Highlights of the meeting
i.During the meeting the ministers exchanged their views on the present regional and international developments including COVID-19 pandemic and cooperation in order to attain a speed and sustainable recovery.
ii.The meeting reviewed the following
- Status of commitments made by the participating countries under the EAS framework and
- Progress made in implementing the Manila Plan of Action (2018-2022) to implement the Phnom Penh Declaration on the EAS Development Initiative, adopted by the EAS Leaders in 2012
Note- Discussions was also made for the preparations of the upcoming 15th EAS Summit scheduled in November 2020
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On August 28, 2020, 8th East Asia Summit Economic Ministers’ Meeting (EAS-EMM) was held virtually which was attended by Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States, Australia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Russian Federation and the United States.
- The Meeting was chaired by Tran Tuan Anh, Minister of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam. From Indian side it was attended by Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Minister of Commerce and Industry.
About The East Asia Summit (EAS):
It is the Indo-Pacific’s premier forum for strategic dialogue by leaders of, initially, 16 countries in the East Asian, Southeast Asia and South Asian Membership expanded to 18 countries. It is to be noted that it is the only leader-led forum at which all key partners meet to discuss the full range of political, security and economic challenges faced in the Indo-Pacific.
Members– 18(including India and 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations-ASEAN countries).