Friday, 24 November, 2017

ASEAN Summit: PM Modi holds talks with Japan, Australia and Vietnam counterparts

President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the ASEAN Summit President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the ASEAN Summit
Nellie Chapman | 15 November, 2017, 10:24

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Monday said that the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump lasted for about 45 minutes during which both leaders discussed on a host of issues including terrorism and trade.

"We have individually strived very hard to fight terrorism and violent extremism".

Modi also said that India will continue to lend its support to ASEAN to achieve a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region's interests and its peaceful development.

Speaking at a press conference with Malaysian journalists at the end of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on Tuesday, Najib said ASEAN was increasingly valued by world and regional powers for its strategic importance and position.

Over the past two decades, cooperation between ASEAN and the three Northeast Asian countries "continued to flourish steadily among the ASEAN external partners' cooperation", he said.

Identifying terrorism as a major threat facing the two countries and the region, the two leaders also resolved to expand bilateral cooperation to effectively deal with the challenge. "It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area", he said.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said ASEAN began in times of a great global divide, but today, it is shining as a beacon of hope.

"The befitting theme of "Shared Values, Common Destiny" for our 25th anniversary celebrations has been jointly celebrated with a number of commemorative activities".

The East Asia Summit is a forum held annually by leaders of 18 countries including ASEAN nations India, the USA and Russian Federation.

Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei are the members of the ASEAN.

He encouraged the 10+3 leaders to formulate a common passion in pushing for the swift conclusion of a regional trade agreement on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The participating members of the 12th East Asia Summit are Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.