India to invite heads of 10 ASEAN nations for Republic Day celebrations


New Delhi: India is expected to invite all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2018 Republic Day celebrations in 2018, sources said.

Republic Day 2018 will be the first time ever that so many leaders will together be chief guests at the parade which showcases India’s military might.

According to the external affairs ministry, this year, India and ASEAN are marking 25 years of dialogue partnership, 15 years of summit-level interaction, and five years of strategic partnership, through a wide range of activities, both in India and through Indian missions in ASEAN member-states, including a commemorative summit on the theme, ‘Shared Values, Common Destiny’ .

India and ASEAN are also “actively” engaged in negotiations on forging a ‘regional comprehensive economic partnership’, which is expected to emerge as the largest regional trading arrangement accounting for about 40% of world trade.

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