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India wants to strengthen security ties with ASEAN

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday stressed the need for countries to intensify the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, saying India is willing to further strengthen its security cooperation with the member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Speaking during the 15th ASEAN-India Summit in Manila, Modi said ending the scourge of terrorism would help ASEAN achieve its goal of maintaining 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 also said.

He said the years of maritime links between India and ASEAN countries have enabled their trade relations to prosper.

Modi then invited the ASEAN leaders to the culmination of the 25th-anniversary celebration of the India-ASEAN Special Commemorative Summit on January 25, 2018, in New Delhi.

“India and the people of India are looking forward to receiving you for this historic occasion,” Modi said. “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.”

For his part, President Rodrigo Duterte, chairman of the 31st ASEAN Summit, thanked India for highlighting the historical economic and cultural ties that bind ASEAN and India through the commemorative activities that India held recently.

“Prime Minister Modi said that nations cannot progress unless they value and cherish their history and heritage,” Duterte said. “This is reminiscent of the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, who regarded the people’s past as the key to their future.”#.