NEW DELHI: India’s ‘Act East’ policy is really “taking shape” and the presence of 10 Asean leaders during the Republic Day celebrations here will definitely showcase that policy, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said.
She said this in response to a question from the press during her visit to the NCC Republic Day Camp at Delhi Cantonment.
“The prime minister’s intention that the ‘Look East’ policy should now be the ‘Act East’ policy is really taking shape.”
“And, by the very presence of ten leaders from ASEAN during the Republic Day celebrations, India will definitely showcase its ‘Act East’ policy,” she said.
When asked about the ceasefire violations, she said, “Let’s talk about the NCC Camp and Republic Day Monday.”
In an unprecedented event, leaders of all the ten Asean member countries will be chief guests at the ceremonial parade at Rajpath on January 26.
Earlier, Nirmala awarded the ‘Raksha Mantri Padak’ and commendation cards to the winning cadets at an investiture ceremony held at the camp.