Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intention that ‘Look East’ policy should now be the ‘Act East’ policy is really taking shape. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intention that ‘Look East’ policy should now be the ‘Act East’ policy is really taking shape. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

India will showcase its ‘Act East’ policy on Republic Day: Nirmala Sitharaman

India's 'Act East' policy is really 'taking shape' and the presence of 10 ASEAN leaders at Republic Day celebrations will showcase that policy, says defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi: India’s ‘Act East’ policy is really “taking shape" and the presence of ten 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 today." In an unprecedented event, leaders of all the ten ASEAN member countries will be chief guests at the ceremonial parade at Rajpath on 26 January.

Earlier, Sitharaman awarded the ‘Raksha Mantri Padak’ and commendation cards to the winning cadets at an investiture ceremony held at the camp.

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