President of Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, who is in New Delhi along with nine other ASEAN leaders as guest of honours of Republic Day Parade on Friday, has reportedly expressed interest in India's unique identification system - Aadhaar.
"Philippines has shown interest in Aadhaar. They have sent queries for details on how the system works," sources told ANI.
Within yesterday and today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the heads of the ASEAN states ahead of the India-Asean Dialogue Partnership to be held later today.
"ASEAN leaders were very upbeat about relationship with India. Maritime and land connectivity was discussed. Leaders also discussed terrorism and how to come together against it. Most leaders appreciated PM Modi's speech in Davos," sources said.
India, Philippines relations
On Wednesday, the two nations signed an investment facilitation agreement following a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte here.
The two leaders discussed trade and investment, defence and security, education, and people-to-people cooperation, according to External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
"An agreement to facilitate investment was signed," Kumar tweeted.
Adding momentum to the close relationship! PM @narendramodi met with President of Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. Trade and investment, defence & security, education and people-to-people cooperation were discussed. An agreement to facilitate investment was signed. #aseanindia pic.twitter.com/qmojpsbIDI— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) January 24, 2018
India-Philippines bilateral trade stood at nearly $2 billion in 2016-17. In 2016-17, India's exports amounted to $1.487 billion and imports totaled $494 million.
Modi visited the Philippines in November last year to attend the Asean-India Summit. It was the first prime ministerial visit from India to that southeast Asian nation in 36 years since the visit of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1981.
Duterte arrived in New Delhi earlier on Wednesday to attend the Commemorative Summit to mark 25 years of the India-Asean Dialogue Partnership to be held on Thursday.
Heads of state and government of all 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) regional bloc will be attending the Summit.
The Asean comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Under its Act East Policy, New Delhi is pushing to boost its relationship via connectivity, commerce and culture with this regional bloc.
Prior to his meeting with Duterte on Wednesday, Modi held bilateral meetings with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
On Friday, Duterte will be among all 10 Asean heads of state and government who will attend this year's Republic Day celebrations as guests of honour, something unprecedented, since the leader of only one foreign country has attended the event as the chief guest all these years.
(With inputs from PTI)