India Summit: Modi calls for efforts to uproot terrorism

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"Early conclusion of a balanced Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement will further boost our trade and investment ties with the region", the ministry said.

Tusk made the remarks during the 40th ASEAN-EU Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. "Both the leaders said scourge of terrorism has to be dealt with effectively. We seek to enhance our cooperation in non-traditional security issues through the framework of the ASEAN Senior Officials' Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) Plus US Consultations, ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), and ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) Plus, and the East Asia Summit (EAS), including through training courses and exercises", the statement read.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday strongly pitched for putting in place a rules-based regional security architecture, reflecting growing convergence among major players like India, the USA and Japan to have a coherent approach to deal with China's aggressive posturing in the Indo-Pacific region.

The RCEP, comprising 10-member ASEAN bloc and six other countries - India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, is engaged in negotiations for a free trade pact. He described ASEAN as a symbol of peace and prosperity. The leaders also discussed security and counter-terrorism issues.

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

Modi said 1.25 billion people of India are keen to welcome the ASEAN leaders as the chief guests at India's 69th Republic Day Celebrations.

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

The India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit, as the event is officially known, is an worldwide trade meet in which India holds dialogue with the ASEAN nations to celebrate New Delhi's diplomatic relations with these countries.

"Be it in the fight against piracy, against illegal and unregulated fishing or any other type of transnational criminality at sea, the European Union has a strong record and know-how that we are sharing with ASEAN partners", Tusk said.

"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. "It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area", Modi said.

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