India Summit: Modi calls for efforts to uproot terrorism

LOOK | Opening of 31st ASEAN Summit puts focus on regional, global security – and much more

The summit was attended by US President Donald Trump, President Duterte, and other ASEAN leaders at the Philippine International Convention Center.

"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.

Launched in November 2012, RCEP targeted to cover trade-in-goods and services, investments, economic and technical cooperation, intellectual property rights, competition policy and dispute settlement, among others.

Speaking at a press conference with Malaysian journalists at the end of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on Tuesday, Najib said ASEAN was increasingly valued by world and regional powers for its strategic importance and position.

Roque said the ASEAN and U.S. also called of a peaceful dialogue to ease the tension in the Korean peninsula.

It also called for joining efforts to address conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and violent extremism in the region in accordance with global 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.

The Prime Minister said that it was time for the ASEAN nations to jointly address the challenge of terrorism. "It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area", Modi said.

The issue of China's aggressive posturing figured prominently during the ASEAN summit also.

"We look forward to the East Asia Summit attaining greater salience in years to come".

RCEP is a 16-nation proposed free trade pact eyed to further strengthen ASEAN markets, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and its major trading partners China, South Korea, Australia, India, Japan and New Zealand.

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