ASEAN-India summit: PM Modi calls for efforts to uproot terrorism, backs rules-based security architecture

ASEAN-India summit: PM Modi also said 125 crore Indians are waiting to welcome the ASEAN leaders as the Chief Guests for the 2018 Republic Day.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2017 11:42 pm
ASEAN-India summit: PM Modi issues clarion call for member states to mitigate menace of terrorism Prime Minister Narendra Modi is speaking at the ASEAN-India Summit. (Source: PMO/Twitter)

Identifying terrorism and extremism as the major challenge facing the region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called on ASEAN member states for joint efforts to mitigate the menace.

“We have individually strived very hard to fight terrorism and violent extremism. It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area,” PM Modi said while addressing leaders at the 15th ASEAN-India Summit in Manila.

The Prime Minister also stated that India will continue to lend its support to ASEAN for achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region’s interests and its peaceful development.

The statement is seen as a reflection of growing convergence among major players like India, US and Japan to have a coherent approach to tackle China’s aggressive posturing in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Maintaining that 50 years of ASEAN is an occasion of pride, joy and a time to think ahead about its members can achieve, Modi stressed that 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,” he added.

Modi also said 125 crore Indians are waiting to welcome the ASEAN leaders as the Chief Guests for the 2018 Republic Day.

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Established in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations comprises of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei.

India and several other countries including the US, China, Japan and Australia are the ASEAN’s dialogue partners.

The ties between India and ASEAN have been on an upward trend as both regions have a combined population of 1.85 billion people, which is one-fourth of the global population and their combined GDP has been estimated at over USD 3.8 trillion.

In the last 17 years, India’s investment in ASEAN has been estimated to be more than USD 40 billion, while investment from ASEAN to India has been over USD 70 billion during the same period.

With PTI inputs

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    BM
    Nov 15, 2017 at 3:21 am
    First, India must crush Islamic terrorism within India, lead by Congress and media. Since 1947, Hindus are compelled on back foot and today leftover Pakistanis are creating havoc in India. External terrorism is easy to handle.
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      Indian STATE TERRORISM
      Nov 15, 2017 at 2:12 am
      Only terrorism that should exist is STATE TERRORISM.
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        Smart
        Nov 15, 2017 at 12:49 am
        Good for ASEAN that the biggest terrorist country, P_kistan is not a part of that. Modi's stature as a world leader has gone many notches up. India is getting respect from others who are also looking at India to lead the way. A fantastic gesture from Mr. Modi was to extend invitation to all ASEAN leaders to India. Statesmanship at it's best.
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          masala
          Nov 15, 2017 at 1:50 am
          Neither are 98 percent of the countries including your gangrapistan. Learn your geography mo ron. It’s like saying US is not part of SAARC hahahaha. What a chu tya.
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          masala
          Nov 15, 2017 at 12:35 am
          So the biggest terrorist in South Asia is lecturing others on terrorism. Look in the mirror Mr Modi.
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            Smart
            Nov 15, 2017 at 12:50 am
            Your rogue country is not part of ASEAN. So, don't comment here. Vomit all your frustration in your local daily, The Dawn.
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              masala
              Nov 15, 2017 at 1:44 am
              Neither is India LOL
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              BM
              Nov 15, 2017 at 3:24 am
              Pakistan is a hen gangrapistan, yesterday one of your Mo's disciple raped a hen. Like Mo used to do to baby girls and pigs.
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              jahan badla
              Nov 15, 2017 at 12:08 am
              Uproot gaurakshaks or gau rakhshas Mr Modi. The world is watching. Stop playing this game for electoral benefits It is harming the nation. Nation should be above politics
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