Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

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

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

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

The Ministry of External Affairs said that PM Modi is scheduled to represent India on Tuesday at the 15th India-ASEAN Summit and 12th East Asia Summit in Manila, at the invitation of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. He described ASEAN as a symbol of peace and prosperity.

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

It also called for joining efforts to address conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and violent extremism in the region in accordance with worldwide law and principles of UN Charter, including the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of all states, and taking into account the Declaration of the EAS on Principles for Mutually Beneficial Relations, including the principle of non-interference, and enhance cooperation to support initiatives and measures aimed at combating those conditions. "It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area", he said. "We reviewed the ground covered on various aspects of India-Japan ties and discussed ways to deepen cooperation between our economies and people", Modi tweeted.

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

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

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.

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).

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.

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