Manila: 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 Indo-Pacific 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 cooperation in this crucial area,” Modi said, addressing the 15th India-Association 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 India-ASEAN 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.”