10 ASEAN leaders attend R-DAY parade as chief guests
New Delhi, Jan 26 : Leaders of 10 ASEAN countries today attended India’s Republic Day celebrations as chief guests at the majestic Rajpath, signifying India’s growing ties with the powerful grouping.
The ASEAN leaders joined President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Republic Day parade, making it an unprecedented event.
Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, Singaporean Premier Lee Hsien Loong, Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah attended the event.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith and Cambodian Premier Hun Sen also watched the grand parade.
The participation of the ASEAN leaders at the event comes amid China’s growing efforts to expand its influence in the region.
Yesterday, India and ASEAN held a commemorative summit celebrating 25 years of their ties.