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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India was being transformed at an "unprecedented scale", ANI reported.

The president said the ASEAN leaders adopted and noted a number of declarations, statements, and action plans across the three pillars of the ASEAN Community, and on ASEAN's relations with dialogue partners, "which reflect our desire for greater cooperation in addressing a multitude of concerns facing the region and our people". "We had extensive discussions on enhancing India-Philippines bilateral cooperation especially in trade, business and culture", Modi tweeted after the first visit by an Indian PM to Philippines in 36 years.

The Ministry of External Affairs said that PM Modi is scheduled to represent India on Tuesday at the 15th India-ASEAN Summit and 12th East Asia Summit in Manila, at the invitation of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

"We remain committed to building a strong and resilient ASEAN Community".

"The meetings were already running beyond schedule so, to avoid further delaying the ASEAN-UN Summit, it was decided that SFA (Cayetano) represent the President while he was meeting bilaterally with the other leaders", he said.

Modi and Duterte resolved to expand bilateral ties. "And tensions and radicalization in the Asia-Pacific can destabilize the world well beyond your region", Tusk said in his remarks at the ASEAN-EU 40th anniversary commemorative summit.

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The East Asia Summit is a forum held annually by leaders of 18 countries including ASEAN nations India, the U.S. and Russian Federation.

Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam are seen as the main origin countries of migrant workers, while Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are the main "host" countries.

Investment from Asean to India has been over $70 billion in the last 17 years, accounting for more than 17% of India's total foreign direct investment.

The Prime Minister also invited the ASEAN leaders for the 69th Republic Day.

The RCEP, comprising 10-member ASEAN bloc and six other countries - India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, is engaged in negotiations for a free trade pact.

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