India’s Modi attends opening session of ASEAN summit in Manila

Updated: 14:14 GMT, Nov 13, 2017 | Published: 09:24 GMT, Nov 13, 2017 |

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its dialogue partners attended the opening ceremony of a regional summit on Monday (November 13).

The annual meeting brings together world leaders, including heads of state from the 10-national regional bloc, as well as U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

After the ceremony, Modi visited International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos in the province of Laguna, where the Indian leader inaugurated a rice field laboratory.

Modi presented two Indian rice seed varieties to the IRRI gene bank.

“Interacted with Indian scientists, students, researchers working at IRRI. India’s ICAR and IRRI have been cooperating for four decades. India is also involved in helping IRRI in strategic planning, helping decide key goals and working to overcome hunger as well as poverty”, said Modi in a series of tweets.

The ASEAN grouping includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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