Russian Federation ready to develop cargo transit along Asia-Europe route - PM Medvedev

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PM Modi will have a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump at the ASEAN summit, sources told WION.

"Photo session & Handshake by leaders during the Opening Ceremony of the #ASEANSummit in #Manila, #Philippines", Indian public broadcaster Doordarshan posted on Twitter along with a video in which Modi was seen sharing the stage with world leaders and shaking hands with them.

Issues relating to maritime security, terrorism, non-proliferation and migration are likely to be the main points of discussion at the East Asia Summit which, apart from the 10 ASEAN member states, includes India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the US.

"The relations between India and the U.S. are not only for mutual interest".

Japan last month had indicated that it would propose a top-level dialog with the US, India and Australia.

"The main goal of these efforts is to make the transit of goods along the Asia-Europe route as fast as possible, economically viable and to form a powerful transport hub in the Russian Far East, which will help meet the needs of the entire Asia-Pacific region", he said.

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Trump on Friday praised India's "astounding" growth after it opened up its economy and also lauded Modi, saying he has been working successfully to bring the vast country and its people together.

The Prime Minister said India has always contributed to the world peace and more than 1.25 lakh Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives just for peace during the two world wars.

They earlier met when Modi visited the USA and next, at the G20 Economic Summit.

Modi was received by Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte at the ceremony here.

Modi later visited the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Philippines, earlier in the day, and inaugurated the Resilient Rice Field Laboratory, named after him.

Prime minister Modi will also participate in the ASEAN business and investment summit as well as a meeting of leaders of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

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