Vietnam has invited India to take part in the ASEAN virtual summit that will take place from November 13-15.
According to report, Hanoi, which is the chair of the ASEAN 2020, has invited all 10 dialogue partners for the annual summit. 10 dialogue partners of ASEAN are Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia, the United States, and the European Union.
India has increased its engagement with ASEAN and earlier this year, the new ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2021-2025) was adopted.
The summit which happens in the backdrop of COVID-19 crisis and Chinese aggressiveness is bound to be the main focus. This especially since, the Quad foreign ministers in recent meet had reaffirmed ASEAN centrality in the Indo pacific construct.
Last year Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had travelled to Thailand in November for the ASEAN summit.