India, Philippines ink four pacts, resolve to fight terrorism

15 November, 2017, 10:07 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Narendra Modi Shinzo Abe

Trade ties between India and Asean are on an upswing and both sides want to further boost trade and investment cooperation.

The summit was attended by US President Donald Trump, President Duterte, and other ASEAN leaders at the Philippine International Convention Center.

Prime Minister Modi also called for concerted efforts by countries of region to deal with terrorism and extremism.

"India, being a founding member of the East Asia Summit, is committed to strengthening the East Asia Summit and making it more effective for dealing with contemporary challenges", it added.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian counterpart Narendra Modi agreed here Tuesday to jointly pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific region as well as address the North Korea issue. Since its inception in 2005, it has played a significant role in the strategic, geopolitical and economic evolution of East Asia.

"India assures the ASEAN of its steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region's interests and its peaceful development", he said.

Prime Minister Modi also talked about shared values and common destiny between India and ASEAN.

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Apart from the 10 ASEAN Member states, East Asia Summit includes India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Russian Federation.

The East Asia Summit is a forum held annually by leaders of 18 countries including ASEAN nations India, the United States and Russian Federation. The leaders also discussed security and counter-terrorism issues.

The prime minister is on a three-day trip to the Philippines.

He said, "I look forward to a befitting culmination of the commemorative year and receiving you at the India-ASEAN Special Commemorative Summit on 25 January 2018 in New Delhi".

"The ASEAN-US partnership plays an increasing role in addressing transnational challenges".

He noted the ASEAN and the European Union are already developing anti-terror cooperation through information sharing via Interpol and Europol and the exchange of best practices on dealing with violent extremism.

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