Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited India in December 2012 to join in the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit, New Delhi (December 20-21, 2012). The Summit marked the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership and the 10th anniversary of ASEAN-India Summit-level partnership. The theme of the summit was ‘ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace and Shared Prosperity’
Enhancing relations with ASEAN has been central to India’s “Look East Policy” and there has been steady progress in the relationship with ASEAN countries since the policy was initiated in 1991. India became a sectoral dialogue partner of ASEAN in 1992, and a full dialogue partner in 1996. Since 2002, we have had annual Summits with ASEAN. After the Commemorative Summit on Dec 20-21 2012 in Delhi, India has become a strategic partner of ASEAN.
The ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit was the culmination of several events organized in celebration of the partnership. These included a number of Ministerial level Meetings, people to people initiatives, B2B activities and cultural programmes both in India and the ASEAN countries.