Manila, Nov 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed the hope that the East Asia Summit, a prestigious forum of the Asean member states and eight other countries, achieve more salience in the future.
Indian Prime Minister in his address at the 12th East Asia Summit said “We look forward to the East Asia Summit attaining greater salience in years to come,”
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, he added.
Modi asserted ” 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.
The Indian Prime also invited the leaders for India-ASEAN Special Commemorative Summit on 25 January 2018 in New Delhi.
“The 1.25 billion people of India are keen to welcome the ASEAN Leaders as our Chief Guests at India’s 69th Republic Day Celebrations” , he said.
Leaders of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) states are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – and of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US hold this annual summit.
The summit provides a stage for leaders to exchange views and assess global issues of concern such as traditional and non-traditional security threats, primarily terrorism, maritime cooperation and security and non-proliferation.
In his speech, Modi said the Asean, which was established in times of a great international divide and is this year celebrating the golden jubilee of its formation, “shines as a beacon of hope, a symbol of peace and prosperity”.
The 15th India-Asean Summit marks the 25th anniversary of the India-Asean dialogue partnership.
PM Modi arrived here on Sunday on a three-day visit to the Philippines.