PM to hold talks with Indian counterpart while at ASEAN-India Summit

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha is today meeting with his Indian counterpart during his attendance at the ASEAN-India Summit.

The Prime Minister and his wife arrived at Palam Air Force Station in New Delhi last night and were welcomed by the country’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gen. Vijay Kumar Singh in an official ceremony.

The PM is scheduled today to engage in multilateral talks with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi before attending a lunch at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the nation’s presidential palace.

Other highlights of his itinerary include participation in a retreat of ASEAN leaders to discuss the topic “maritime security cooperation” and a celebration of the release of commemorative stamps marking 25 years of ASEAN-India relations.

The summit’s plenary session is taking place this evening on the topic “shared values and goals of India and ASEAN”. That will be followed by a gala dinner hosted by the leader of the Indian nation.

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India, ASEAN must come together to fight global terror: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, join his hands with ASEAN leaders, from left, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Laos' Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong for a group photo during the 13th India-ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Nov 21, 2015. (AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, join his hands with ASEAN leaders, from left, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Laos’ Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong for a group photo during the 13th India-ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Nov 21, 2015. (AP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought the backing of ASEAN nations for the adoption of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism mooted by India as part of measures to step up the fight against global terror.

Modi also called for the peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the South China Seas, an issue over which ASEAN nations have expressed serious concern during their meeting here.

Addressing the ASEAN-India Summit in the Malaysian capital, Modi described terrorism as a “major global challenge that affects us all here”. ASEAN members and India should explore ways to enhance cooperation at the regional and international level, including support for India’s Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.

“We meet at a time of multiple global challenges: economic uncertainties, political turmoil and security threats,” he said.

In a reference to the maritime and territorial disputes in the South China Seas, Modi said India shares with ASEAN a “commitment to freedom of navigation, over flight and unimpeded commerce” in line with principles of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

“Territorial disputes must be settled through peaceful means,” he said.

“India hopes that all parties to the disputes in the South China Sea will abide by the guidelines on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, and redouble efforts for early adoption of a Code of Conduct on the basis of consensus.”

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi join hands with other leaders during a group photo at the 13th ASEAN-India Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Nov 21, 2015. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi join hands with other leaders during a group photo at the 13th ASEAN-India Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Nov 21, 2015. (PTI)

 

ASEAN ministers had expressed seriously concerns over the maritime and territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Malaysia’s foreign minister Anifah Aman said the ministers had asserted the importance of peace, security, stability and freedom of navigation on the sea and over it.

“In this regard, the ministers remain seriously concerned about the ongoing developments and urge all parties to exercise self-restraint,” he said.

Modi further said the future prosperity of ASEAN and India rests on the “foundation of security and stability in our region and the oceans, outer space and cyber world”.

The first ASEAN-India Cyber Security Conference hosted in January could be the springboard for further cooperation in this area, he added.

ASEAN and India should also evolve plans of cooperation in maritime security, counter-piracy and humanitarian and disaster relief.

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