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

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