PM returns after attending ASEAN, East Asia summits

| Updated: Sep 09, 2016 02:13 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 8 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Thursday evening after concluding his two-day visit to Lao capital city Vientiane where he attended the 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and the 11th East Asia Summit (EAS) on September 7-8. Before leaving Vientiane, Prime Minister Modi held talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. "PM @MedvedevRussia interacts with PM @narendramodi on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit," tweeted PMO. Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi also met United States President Barack Obama, which is said to be the eighth meeting between the two leaders in the last two years. The meeting is a significant one as it is likely to be their last official engagement together with Obama's presidency set to end next year. On the sidelines of the Summit, Prime Minister Modi also met State Counsellor of Myanmar and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi and President of Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye. During a meeting, Prime Minister Modi complimented Aung San Suu Kyi on the victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in the elections and welcomed her as "an icon of democracy". He also asserted that India would always stand with the Government and people of Myanmar as the new government strives to fulfil the aspirations of the people. The meeting between the two is the first one after the Nobel peace laureate assumed power in Myanmar in March. Prime Minister Modi said that he was looking forward to receiving Suu Kyi in Goa for the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit, while asserting that cooperation in disaster management would be one of the important elements of the Summit given that several countries in South Asia continue to face natural disasters. Suu Kyi in return thanked Prime Minister Modi, and said that she was looking forward to visiting India where she had always felt "at home". She also briefed him on the progress in the peace and reconciliation process in Myanmar. Both sides positively assessed India Myanmar security cooperation. The two leaders also discussed cooperation in areas such as dairy farming, animal husbandry and agriculture. (ANI)