Ahead of PM Narendra Modi's Visit, Quadrilateral Initiative Begins In Manila

PM Modi leaves for three-day visit to Philippines to attend ASEAN summit, meeting with Trump likely

PM Narendra Modi to meet President Donald Trump tomorrow in Manila on ASEAN sidelines

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc arrives in Manila, the Philippines on Sunday to attend the 31st ASEAN Summit and related meetings from November 12-14.

"We expect the leaders to announce the negotiations but the actual start of the negotiations will probably happen sometime next year", said Bolivar said during a press conference at the International Media Center over the weekend.

In his maiden visit to the Philippines as prime minister, Modi will also attend a reception by the Indian community and visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Mahavir Philippines Foundation. Sources tell India Today that the meeting comes at a time when India has warmed up to the idea of a quadrilateral meeting with US, Japan and Australia.

The Chinese premier, who will be here for the ASEAN and East Asia summits, said Beijing will actively explore joint development of the South China sea to make it a "sea of cooperation and friendship" for the benefit of the two countries.

In their meeting, Modi and Trump are likely to discuss a host of key issues of mutual interest including the security scenario in the region.

Trump on Friday praised India's "astounding" growth after it opened up its economy and also lauded Modi, saying he has been working successfully to bring the vast country and its people together.

President Widodo participated in the summit after attending the 25th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vietnam, on November 10-11, 2017.

He praised India as a sovereign democracy with a population of over 1 billion as well as the largest democracy in the world.

This is Modi's first visit to the Philippines, one of the 10 members of the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) grouping that is celebrating 50 years of its existence this year.

Mr Modi is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and the Prime Minister of New Zealand on Tuesday.

In a statement on Saturday, Modi said it will be his first bilateral visit to the ASEAN member state.

These are the most important events of the year for ASEAN, with the participation of leaders from the 10 ASEAN member nations and the bloc's partners, which are major countries and important regional and global organisations.

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