NEW DELHI, Dec 19 � In what could deliver a big boost, India-ASEAN ties are likely to be elevated to a strategic partnership level, even as India, Myanmar and Thailand are expected to reiterate their commitment to completion of the Trilateral Highway Project and its extension to neighbouring South East Asian countries.
With less than 24 hours to go for ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit that gets under way here on Thursday, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh held a high-level stock taking meeting, when the arrangements for the Summit was reviewed. The meeting was attended by External Affairs Minister Salman Khursid, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Minister of State in PMO Narayan Swamy.
The Prime Minister, meanwhile, has invited some of the north eastern State Chief Ministers, including Tarun Gogoi, to Delhi to take part in the flagdown ceremony of the ASEAN-India car rally on December 21.
According to highly placed sources, the Vision Statement 2020 is likely to declare elevation of the ASEAN-India Partnership to strategic level. The ASEAN heads of states are expected to commit towards the full, effective and timely implementation of the ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations across the whole spectrum of political and security, economic, socio-cultural and development cooperation through further strengthening of relevant institutional mechanisms.
What could be of relevance for the north eastern States, the Vision Document is likely to commit for enhancing the ASEAN connectivity through supporting the implementation of Master Plan on ASEAN connectivity and ASEAN ICT Master Plan 2015.
Sources said that the Vision Document to be adopted at the Summit, which is being attended by 10 heads of state, is likely to encourage the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee to work closely with India.