rehabilitation assistance extended during drought and flood situations.
Indian Ocean Region: India’s proactive engagement in the Indian Ocean Region
was further intensified during the period. India’s approach to the region was directed towards
advancing cooperation and using capabilities for larger benefit highlighting the precepts of
Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR).
The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) mechanism has a vital role to play in realizing
this common aspiration for the region. India considers IORA as an important instrument for
promoting cooperation and ensuring stability in the region. The focus during the period was on
implementing wide ranging initiatives announced by India during the IORA Leaders’ Summit in
2017 in Jakarta.
South-East Asia and Asia-Pacific
Australia: India’s relations with Australia entered a more intensive phase due to regular
exchange of high-level visits during the year. Australia is increasingly emerging as an important
partner in different sectors including development of mineral resources, science and technology,
education and skills and water resources management. Recognising importance of relationship
between India and Australia, Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper, released by Australian
Prime Minister in November 2017 sees India in the front rank of Australia’s international
Brunei Darussalam: Bilateral relations between India and Brunei Darussalam
continued to be close and friendly. The year marks the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India
Dialogue Partnership. 2017 was also the 50th anniversary of ASEAN. These landmark events
further increased interactions between the two countries through a number of events in all areas
including political, defence, cultural and sports. These landmark events further increased
interactions between the two countries through a number of events in all areas including
political, defence, cultural and sports.
Cambodia: Bilateral relations with Cambodia progressed in various fields including
economic, cultural, people-to-people contact, capacity building and developmental projects. A
delegation from Rajya Sabha Secretariat visited Cambodia in June 2017 within the framework of
MoU signed between Rajya Sabha Secretariat and the Cambodian Senate in September 2016 to
encourage parliamentary exchanges. Indian assistance to Cambodia continued in the field of
water resources development, electric transmission line, restoration and conservation of temples
and capacity building.
Indonesia: With the visit of Indonesian President to India in December 2016, the
bilateral relations with Indonesia took a steep upward trajectory. The year 2017 witnessed many
high-level political engagements that have helped in reinvigorating our relationship and has
provided the necessary momentum to the bilateral relations.
Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR): The year saw a continued upward
trend in bilateral relations with Lao PDR. Infrastructure projects in areas of irrigation systems,
capacity building and human resources and cultural cooperation in restoration of heritage
monuments and regular high-level visits were focus of cooperation.