Friday, 17 November, 2017

ASEAN Summit: PM Modi, Australia PM Turnbull hold bilateral meeting

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"I reiterate my commitment to work with you to address the political, security and economic issues of the region", Modi said.

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the gathering at a reception for the "Indian Community in Philippines" hosted by Indian Ambassador in honour of the Prime Minister, in Manila, Philippines.

On Sunday, India, Australia, Japan and the USA held their first meeting to give shape to the much talked about quadrilateral alliance to keep the Indo-Pacific region "free and open".

"We are committed to curtailing the threat of terrorism and violent extremism through information sharing and law enforcement cooperation, including through our Southeast Asia Aviation and Border Security program, as well as strengthening data exchange with Interpol", it added.

"The ASEAN-US partnership plays an increasing role in addressing transnational challenges". Addressing the Indian diaspora in Manila, Modi said there might be difficulties, but no one could stop India from achieving new heights.

China claims sovereignty over all of SCS, a huge source of hydrocarbons.

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India has been supporting freedom of navigation and access to resources in the SCS in accordance with principles of global law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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

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

The trade between India and ASEAN nations stood at $71 billion in 2016-17 and comprises 10.85 percent of India's total trade with the world.

Apart from that, he said other dialogue partners such as India and Australia also wanted to hold their own summits with ASEAN countries in January and April next year.

President Duterte formally opened the 31st ASEAN Summit on Monday.

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