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India, US agree to a ‘new vision’ for Asia Pacific

The two countries decided to promote accelerated infrastructure connectivity and economic development.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: January 25, 2015 10:21:05 pm
Asia Pacific, barack obama in india, India US talks, Narendra Modi, Barack Obama, india news, indian express As part of the understanding, the two sides will “oppose” terrorism, piracy and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction within or from the region. (Source: PIB photo)

Seeking to enhance their strategic cooperation, India and the US on Sunday agreed to a “new vision” for Asia Pacific by deciding to advance their shared security concerns in the region.

To support regional economic integration, the two countries decided to promote accelerated infrastructure connectivity and economic development, including by enhancing energy transmission and encouraging free trade and greater people-to-people linkages.

As part of the understanding, the two sides will “oppose” terrorism, piracy and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction within or from the region.

“We have also agreed to a new vision for Asia Pacific so that we are doing more together to advance our shared security and prosperity in this critical region,” US President Barack Obama said in his media statement during joint press interaction in the capital.

The White House later said in a statement that to support regional economic integration, India and the US will promote accelerated infrastructure connectivity and economic development in a manner that links South, Southeast and Central Asia, including by enhancing energy transmission and encouraging free trade and greater people-to-people linkages.

“Regional prosperity depends on security. We affirm the importance of safeguarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and over flight throughout the region, especially in the South China Sea.

“We call on all parties to avoid the threat or use of force and pursue resolution of territorial and maritime disputes through all peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” the statement said.

It said the two countries will “oppose terrorism, piracy, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction within or from the region.”

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