Asean leaders attend India’s Republic Day celebration

First time 10 Asean leaders present for India's Republic Day celebration

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong and other guests at India’s 69th Republic Day on 26 Jan 2018 – Photo / Narendra Modi Twitter

Four of the 10 leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries posing for a casual photo at the President’s Palace in New Delhi on Thursday. It is the first that the leaders of the 10 Asean countries are present for India’s Republic Day celebration on Friday (26 January 2018). Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to jawans who laid down their lives for the country by laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.

This year, Malaysian classical dancer Datuk Ramli Ibrahim was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards to honour his distinguished service in the arts. The 64-year old dancer is one of 16 foreigners to receive a Padma Award.

ASEAN LEADERS at President’s Palace in New Delhi while attending India’s 69th Republic Day. L-R: Malaysian PM Najib Razak, Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong, Indonesian president Jokowi and Brunei ruler Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah – Photo courtesy of Najib Razak Official facebook page.

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