NEW DELHI, Jan 22 - India�s Act East policy is really �taking shape� and the presence of 10 ASEAN leaders during the Republic Day celebrations here will definitely showcase that policy, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today.
She said this in response to a question from the Press during her visit to the NCC Republic Day Camp at Delhi Cantonment.
�The Prime Minister�s intention that the Look East policy should now be the Act East policy is really taking shape.
�And, by the very presence of 10 leaders from ASEAN during the Republic Day celebrations, India definitely is showcasing its Act East policy. And, we are happy that the event is going to happen with all of them present,� she said.
Asked about ceasefire violations, she said, �Let�s focus on the NCC Camp and Republic Day today.�
In an unprecedented event, leaders of all the 10 ASEAN member countries � Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei � will be chief guests at the ceremonial parade at Rajpath on January 26. � PTI