Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again targeted Pakistan on the issue of terror. In a fresh jibe, second within a week, PM said “one country in our neighbourhood” is producing and exporting terror.
Speaking at the 14th Association of South East Asian Nations Summit in Laos, he called on the international community to isolate and sanction “this” instigator.
“There’s one country in our neighbourhood whose competitive advantage rests solely in producing and exporting terrorism,” he said in his address at the East Asia Summit, without naming Pakistan.
“This export is reducing space for peace and increasing space for violence, and, putting at risk peace and prosperity of all,” he told the gathering that had US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in attendance.
“The time has come to isolate and sanction this instigator,” Modi added.
The fresh dig directed at Pakistan came four days after he called on other BRICS members to intensify joint efforts to combat terrorism and sought “coordinated actions” by the grouping to “isolate supporters and sponsors of terror”.
Modi expressed deep concern at the rising “export of terror”, saying it is a common security threat to the region as he sought a coordinated response from ASEAN member nations to combat the menace.
“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,” PM said.
Earlier on Monday, Modi made a sharp attack on Pakistan at the G20 summit, saying “one single nation” in South Asia is spreading “agents of terror” as he asserted that those who sponsor the menace must be sanctioned and isolated, not rewarded.
Prime Minister who is attending the summit for the third time said that ASEAN is central to India’s Act East policy.
“Our engagement driven by common priorities bringing peace, stability and prosperity to the region,” PM Modi told the 10-member grouping attended by Heads of state.
“Seamless digital connectivity between India and Southeast Asia is a shared objective. India committed to Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity,” Modi said.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi held bilateral talks with his Laotian counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith and discussed regional developments including the South China Sea issue. The two sides shared the same perspective on South China Sea. The Laotian premier said his country supported India as a permanent member of a reformed and expanded United Nations Security Council.
The two leaders agreed to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in a befitting manner.
Later in the day PM Modi is scheduled to hold several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Summits during his two-day visit, including with US President Barack Obama, South Korean president Park Geun-hye and Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung Sang Suu Kyi.
In his talks with Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe yesterday, India and Japan pledged to strengthen ties in the key areas of counterterrorism, civil nuclear cooperation, trade and investment.