SHILLONG, Aug 08: Asserting that North East falls in the middle of India and ASEAN countries, thus the region was at the core of India-ASEAN relations, Secretary (East) Ministry of External Affairs, Preeti Saran on Monday said the Act East Policy pursued by the present government is wider in scope geographically, especially for the region.
She was in city to inaugurate the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Study Centre at ICSSR-NERC NEHU Campus here.
The inauguration of the study centre came following the announcement of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to open such a centre during the ASEAN-India Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 21, 2015.
It may be mentioned here the study centre initially was supposed to be inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for External Affairs Gen (Retd) VK Singh. However due to some unavoidable circumstances, Singh had to cancel his visit to Shillong.
Interestingly, the ASEAN Study Centre was inaugurated on the 49th foundation day of the grouping.
Earlier in his speech, Chief Secretary, Kuljit Singh Kropha said that it was in the national interest to have an open policy with the neighboring countries.
According to him, the partition has disrupted the economy of the north east and it was better to quickly revive the link of the region with the South East Asian countries.