India, ASEAN must fight terror together: Modi
BACKING a rules-based regional security architecture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday favoured India and the ASEAN grouping coming together for a joint fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
He also said India’s Act
East Policy is shaped around the ASEAN and its centrality in the regional security architecture of the IndoPacific region is evident.
“We have individually strived very hard to fight terrorism and violent extremism. It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying co-operation in this crucial area,” Modi said, addressing the 15th IndiaAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit here attended by leaders of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam besides host Philippines.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the IndiaASEAN dialogue partnership and the 50th anniversary of the formation of ASEAN. “ASEAN’s remarkable journey is indeed worthy of reflection as much as it is of celebration,” Modi said. “On this historic occasion, I am confident that ASEAN will further resolve to work together with one vision, one identity and as one independent community.” The Prime Minister said that India’s Act East Policy is “shaped around the ASEAN, and its centrality in the regional security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region is evident.”
“Our wide-ranging agenda of co-operation under the Third ASEAN-India Plan of Action has progressed well covering the three crucial pillars of politico-security, economic and cultural partnership,” he stated. “Maritime links established thousands of years ago between India and ASEAN countries have enabled our trade relations in the past and we have to work closely to further strengthen them.”
Modi assured ASEAN of India’s support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attested to the region’s interests and its peaceful development.
He concluded by saying the 1.25 billion people of India were keen to welcome the ASEAN leaders as chief guests at next year’s Republic Day Celebrations.
Earlier in the day, Modi addressed the 12th East Asia Summit, a premier forum of the ASEAN member States and eight other countries. “We look forward to the East Asia Summit attaining greater salience in years to come,” he said in his remarks. “I reiterate my commitment to work with you to address the political, security and economic issues of the region.”
Leaders of the 10 ASEAN member States and of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US hold this annual summit.
The forum provides an opportunity for the leaders to exchange views and assess international issues of concern, including traditional and non-traditional security threats, primarily terrorism, maritime co-operation and security and non-proliferation.
Following the East Asia Summit, four outcome documents were released: on countering ideological challenges of terrorism, terrorist narratives and propaganda; on anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism; on co-operation in poverty alleviation; and on chemical weapons.
Leaders from the ASEAN and their Dialogue Partners which comprises the East Asia Summit chat following a group photo session at the 31st ASEAN Summit on Tuesday in Manila, Philippines. From left, US State Secretary Rex Tillerson, representing US...