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Jakarta Post

Youth engagement key to India-ASEAN ties

  • Tama Salim

    The Jakarta Post

New Delhi   /   Wed, July 5 2017   /  12:13 am

India is banking on the youth to secure the future of a centuries-old relationship with ASEAN member states, as both sides prepare to celebrate 25 years of the India-ASEAN dialogue partnership this year.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, in her opening remarks to the 9th Delhi Dialogue on Tuesday, said youth was an important factor in promoting innovation, another pillar of Indian-ASEAN relations.

“An important component of our [25th anniversary] celebrations will be to commit the youths of our region; they’re the future leaders and hold the key to our relationship in the years to come,” Swaraj asserted.

In celebration of the partnership this year, Delhi has lined up a number of initiatives that will heavily focus on youth.

“We are convinced that the future of our relationship with ASEAN is with the younger generation,” Preeti Saran, secretary ...