At ASEAN-India Summit, Modi calls for efforts to mitigate terror
INDIA has suffered from terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday as he called for joint efforts to mitigate the menace. Addressing leaders of the ASEAN member states here, Prime Minister Modi said India will continue its support to ASEAN for a rules-based security architecture for the region.
“We have suffered due to the menace of terror. The time has come for us to unite and think about mitigating terrorism,” Modi said at the ASEAN-India Summit. Stating that 50 years of ASEAN is an occasion of pride, joy and a time to think ahead about its members can achieve, Modi said India places the ASEAN at the core of its ‘Act East Policy.’ “Our ties with ASEAN are old and we want to further strengthen cooperation. We will continue our support to ASEAN for a rules-based security architecture for the region,” he added
He said 125 crore Indians are waiting to welcome the ASEAN leaders as the chief guests for the 2018 Republic Day. Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei are the members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
On the second day of the ASEAN summit, the prime minister also held separate talks with his counterparts from Japan Shinzo Abe and Australia Malcolm Turnbull focusing on crafting a new strategy for the Indo-Pacific region in the backdrop of emerging configuration of a key quadrilateral alliance.
Japan has to simplify its visa rules from January 1 2018 for Indians applying for multiple-entry-visa for short-term stay, a move which is expected to benefit tourists and business persons as well as repeat visitors. Modi also held bilateral talks with Vietnamese premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, and discussed ways to further ramp up cooperation in trade and maritime security.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Manila