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NEW DELHI - India and members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) were to map out ties and extend a free-trade agreement to services and investment, as a summit opens in the Indian capital Thursday, an Indian foreign ministry official said. 

The two-day commemorative meetings in New Delhi were expected to end with a "vision document" that would scale up ties in fields including trade, infrastructure, energy and culture, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said.

The two parties reached a trade deal in 2010 but India has pushed for extending the agreement to services and investment, Commerce Ministry officials said.

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