Manila (Philippines): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump held bilateral talks on Monday on the sidelines of the 31st Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit in Manila.

“The relations between India and the United States are growing. Our relations go beyond. We are working for future interests of Asia and humanity,” Modi said while addressing the media after the meeting.

“It’s an honour to meet you again,” Trump said.

This was the fourth meeting between the two leaders this year, having met briefly at a gala dinner the previous night, where they discussed counterterrorism measures, trade and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

Modi met Trump during a state visit to the US in June and again during the G20 Economic Summit in Hamburg, Germany, in July.

The Indian Prime Minister is on a three-day visit to the Philippines, during which he is also scheduled to attend the 15th India-Asean Summit and the 12th East Asian Summit.

Earlier on Monday, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and his wife Honeylet Avancena welcomed world leaders, including Modi, at the opening ceremony of the Asean Summit in Manila.

The India Prime Minister later visited the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos and inaugurated the Resilient Rice Field Laboratory that has been named after him. Modi was also scheduled to meet members of the Indian diaspora at a reception hosted by the Indian envoy to South-East Asian nation.

The Asean grouping of 10 nations is India’s fourth largest trading partner, with total trade between the two rising to $70 billion in 2016-17 from $65 billion the previous year. India’s exports to Asean countries during the same period increased from $25 billion to $20 billion. ANI