Vice Prez Dhankhar meets Biden in Cambodia

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He announced an additional USD 5 million commitment to the ASEAN-India science and technology fund in order to strengthen collaboration…reports Asina Lite News

On the sidelines of the 17th East Asia Summit, visiting Vice President of India, Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday met US President Joe Biden in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Taking to Twitter, the Vice President Secretariat shared a photograph of the meeting and captioned, “Hon’ble Vice President, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar with the President of United States, Mr. Joe Biden on the sidelines of the 17th East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. @POTUS”

Earlier on Sunday, the Vice President addressed the East Asia Summit where he called for forging a comprehensive strategic relationship and step-up anti-terrorism cooperation between India and ASEAN nations.

On Saturday, he announced an additional USD 5 million commitment to the ASEAN-India science and technology fund in order to strengthen collaboration in the areas of public health, renewable energy, and smart agriculture.

In a joint statement, India and ASEAN recognized the strong cross-cultural ties, maritime connectivity, and deep ties between Southeast Asia and India that have developed over the past 30 years. These ties serve as a solid basis for ASEAN-India relations.

India and ASEAN are committed to stepping up their collaboration in the digital economy through several regional capacity-building initiatives in digital transformation, trade, innovation, and skills, as well as hackathons, read India-ASEAN joint statement.

On November 11, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and his wife, Dr Sudesh Dhankhar, flew into Cambodia on a three-day visit. Dhankhar, the head of the Indian delegation to the 17th East Asia Summit and the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit, is also accompanied by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

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