New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will co-chair the meeting, MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said here on Thursday.
He said India will host the Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ meeting to mark the 30th anniversary of the ‘dialogue relations’ and the 10th anniversary of the India-ASEAN strategic partnership.
Foreign Ministers of other ASEAN member states and the ASEAN Secretary-General will participate in the meeting.
The year 2022 has been designated as the ASEAN-India friendship year, he said.
On Myanmar participation, he said – “The ASEAN meeting is in the ASEAN format. Myanmar is an ASEAN member state. So, the participation of Myanmar in this Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ meeting is as per ASEAN consensus in this regard”.
MEA spokesman also said, “We have noted the recent incident of vandalisation of a Hindu temple in Karachi. We believe it’s another act of systematic persecution of religious minorities. We have conveyed our protest to the Pakistan Government urging them to ensure safety, security & well-being of its minority communities”