India wants heightened security cooperation with ASEAN

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte and his partner, Honeylet, welcome India Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to the start of the gala dinner hosted by the Philippines for the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and dialogue partners at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 12, 2017.

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed his willingness to further intensify security cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

At the 15th ASEAN-India Summit in Manila, Modi said all countries are trying hard to fight terrorism and violent extremism. He then expressed his firm support to ASEAN’s goal of achieving regional security.

“India shows the ASEAN of its steady support towards achieving the rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region’s interest and its peaceful development,” Modi said.

“It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area and find a joint solution,” he said.

Modi added that he wants to further strengthen economic cooperation with ASEAN.

“Maritime links established thousands of years ago between India and ASEAN countries have enabled our trade relations in the past and we have to work closely together to further strengthen them,” he said.

— PND/p: jhd