Time for ASEAN, India to fight terrorism together: PM Modi

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“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 cooperation 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 cooperation in poverty alleviation; and on chemical weapons.

Modi also attended a meeting of the leaders of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement between the Asean member states and the six states with which grouping has free trade pacts – Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.

Briefing the media, Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said that Modi reiterated India’s support for a balanced RCEP.

The Prime Minister started Tuesday by holding bilateral meetings with the leaders of Australia, Vietnam, Japan, Brunei and New Zealand.

Modi arrived here on Sunday on a three-day visit to the Philippines, the first prime ministerial visit to this country in 36 years since the visit of Indira Gandhi in 1981.

On Monday, he also held bilateral meetings with US President Donald Trump and Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte.

With IANS inputs

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