Stressing on the continuous rise of global terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an apparent reference to Pakistan, has said export of terror is a common security threat to the region and sought a coordinated response from ASEAN member nations to combat the menace.
“Export of terror, growing radicalisation & spread of extreme violence are common security threats to our societies,” Modi said at the 14th ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos.
“The threat is local, regional, and transitional at the same time. Our partnership with ASEAN seeks to craft a response through coordination, cooperation at multiple levels,” Modi added.
In the face of growing traditional and non-traditional challenges, Modi said political cooperation has emerged as a key factor in relations.
“We are willing to take concrete steps to enhance cooperation in cyber security, de-radicalisation and counter-terrorism,” he added.
Modi arrived on Wednesday in the Laotian capital to attend the ASEAN-India and the East Asia Summits to strengthen India’s trade and security ties with the strategic Southeast Asian region.
ASEAN has been a strategic partner of India since 2012. India and ASEAN have 30 dialogue mechanisms which meet regularly. Trade between India and ASEAN stood at USD 65.04 billion in 2015-16 and comprises 10.12 per cent of India’s total trade with the world.
Apart from the 10 ASEAN Member states, East Asia Summit includes India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Russia.