Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today left for Thailand to attend the India-ASEAN and East Asia Summits which will discuss Asia's response to the global economic slowdown and climate change among other important issues.
In a departure statement, he said that India's enhanced engagement with the ASEAN was at the heart of its 'Look East' Policy and the India-ASEAN Summit on October 24 would be an occasion to review the progress in its relations with member countries.
On the sidelines of the Summit, Singh would be having bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao. The talks will take place against the backdrop of war of words in recent weeks on Arunachal Pradesh.
Singh will also have separate meetings with his counterparts from Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam besides meeting Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The Prime Minister said he will discuss with ASEAN leaders new initiatives to accelerate the process of engagement in areas such as greater economic integration. The other areas include agriculture, human resource development, education, science and technology and information and communications technology, he said.