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Modi assures ASEAN of support for rules-based regional security architecture

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today assured ASEAN of India's steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region's interests and its peaceful development.
 
"We have individually strived very hard to fight terrorism and violent extremism. It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area," he said in his opening statement at the 15th ASEAN-India Summit here.
 
The  Prime Minister said India's Act East Policy is shaped around the ASEAN, and that its centrality in the regional security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region is evident.
 
"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 to further strengthen them," he said.
 
Mr. Modi began by noting that this was his first visit to Manila in this landmark 50th year of ASEAN's establishment. "We are also celebrating 25 years of ASEAN – India dialogue partnership," he said.
 
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"ASEAN’s remarkable journey is indeed worthy of reflection as much as it is of celebration. On this historic occasion, I am confident that ASEAN will further resolve to work together with one vision, one identity and as one independent community," he said.
 
He said their wide-ranging agenda of cooperation under the 3rd ASEAN-India Plan of Action has progressed well covering the three crucial pillars of politico-security, economic and cultural partnership.
 
"The befitting theme of ‘Shared Values, Common Destiny’ for our 25th anniversary celebrations has been jointly celebrated with a number of commemorative activities.
 
"I look forward to a befitting culmination of the commemorative year and receiving you at the India-ASEAN Special Commemorative Summit on 25 January 2018 in New Delhi.
 
"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.
 
"I am committed to working with you to realize our common destiny," he added.
 
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