India distance itself from ASEAN disputes

19-Sep-2015 # ActEast Source: Economic Times

As India plans to make a fresh bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, the South Asian powerhouse has decided not to get involved in the territorial or maritime disputes between member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari, who recently concluded a four-day two-nation tour of Cambodia and Laos, has said that New Delhi is interested in developing comprehensive ties with ASEAN members to fulfil each other’s requirement.

Ansari assured all the 11 ASEAN members – Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam – that India would play the role of a stabilising force to help them resolve territorial and maritime disputes.

Ansari also clarified that India has no intention to interfere in disputes involving the ASEAN members.

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