India committed to peaceful and prosperous Indo Pacific region: PM Modi

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong noted that last month Asean defence ministers adopted the world's first multilateral air guidelines aimed at managing unintentional encounters between military aircraft

Modi also conveyed great appreciation that President Trump had organised a meeting in the White House on Tuesday to celebrate Diwali, the foreign secretary said.

North Korea has taken some steps since then - forgoing nuclear and missile tests, dismantling a missile test site and promising to also break up the country's main nuclear complex if the USA makes concessions. "We expressed our readiness to import more oil and gas from the U.S. as a way of expanding our trade", he said.

He also held separate bilateral meetings with US Vice President Mike Pence and the premiers of Singapore, Australia and Thailand and discussed ways to further strengthen ties, including in areas of trade, defence and security.

The Asean summit began amid uncertainty over U.S. commitment to the region.

"We don't want to repeat the mistakes of prior administrations - frankly both political parties have made over the last several decades - where promises are made, sanctions are lifted and economic support comes and then promises are broken". "We believe that the summit will likely occur after the 1st of the year but the when and the where of that is still being worked out", Pence told reporters after meeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Eight fintech companies from Mumbai will be at the festival, and are looking to conquer other pasty fo the globe, as Sunti Nanda, a Fintech Officer of state-owner Maharashtra Information Technology Corp Ltd (MahaIT), says "Mumbai, as a financial hub, is also a gateway for worldwide fintech companies to enter the Indian market".

The North Koreans have increasingly called for sanctions relief, while the USA has insisted that denuclearization comes first.

It has also called for sanctions to be eased as a reward for coming to the table, warning Washington's stance is undermining confidence. PM Modi along with leaders of 17 other member countries of EAS posed for a photograph ahead of the summit.

US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a meeting with ASEAN leaders at the ASEAN-US Summit in Singapore, November 15, 2018.

Pence also took a swipe at Beijing, whose growing assertiveness in the South China Sea has always been a source of friction with rival claimants in Southeast Asia and the United States.

Pence did not mention China in his remarks at the opening of a summit with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore, but stressed that small countries as well as large ones should be allowed to prosper in the Indo-Pacific. "There were some discussions on how we should enhance this sort of trade". With Trump absent in Singapore, diplomats and analysts were questioning whether the United States was still a strong partner of Asean nations.

The Indo-Pacific region also come up for discussion and Modi referred to his June speech in Singapore at IISS Shangrila Dialogue in which he had outlined India's vision on Indo-Pacific.

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