Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address at the 15th ASEAN-India Summit called for intensified cooperation in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. He said the countries in the region have individually striven hard to fight the scourge of terrorism, adding a joint effort is now necessary.
Mr Modi highlighted that India’s Act East Policy is shaped around the ASEAN. He added that the bloc is at the centrality in the regional security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region.
Mr Modi assured the ASEAN of India’s steady support towards achieving a rule-based structure that best attests to the region’s interests and its peaceful development.
Mr Modi observed that ASEAN’s remarkable journey is worthy of reflection, as much as it is of celebration. He invited the leaders of all ten ASEAN nations to attend the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in Delhi.
Secretary East in the Ministry of External Affairs, Preeti Saran, later said that all the ASEAN leaders accepted the Prime Minister’s invitation.
In the 15th East Asia Summit held earlier in Manila, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the concerns expressed by other leaders over the situation in the Korean Peninsula.
He shared the views of the leaders, calling for complete verification and irreversible denuclearization of the region.
He also highlighted the importance of safe, secure and free navigation in the Indo-Pacific Region and called for paying respect to the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas.
Now he wound up his three-day official visit to the Philippines capital Manila, with his participation in three major summits and five bilateral meetings with world leaders.