Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted on Thursday that the world community must reject any linkage between religion and terrorism while formulating a “genuinely international” partnership in the fight against all forms of terror acts.
In his intervention at the East Asia Summit, the prime minister also said that it should be ensured that cyber and space remain a source of connectivity and prosperity, and not new theatres of conflict.
“We support the East Asia Summit Declaration on the Islamic State (terror group). At the same time, comprehensive response against terrorism requires a genuinely international partnership against all terrorism. Those who believe in humanity must come together. We should also reject any linkage between religion and terrorism,” he said.
“Challenges of terrorism and extremism have increased. There is close link with drug trafficking, arms smuggling and money laundering,” he added.
On economic issues, Modi pushed for a “balanced” Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, which gives equal emphasis to goods and services, saying this could become a “springboard” for regional integration and prosperity.
Modi also conveyed India’s best wishes for the goal of creating an ASEAN Community in 2015.
“ASEAN’s success is an inspiration for broader integration in the Asia-Pacific region. India has great confidence in Asian centrality and leadership in pursuing that goal,” he added.
Leaders of 18 countries including US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang are assembled at the one-day ninth East Asian Summit in the Myanmar capital.
Many complex security concerns in East Asia region: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lamented that there were a number of complex and unresolved questions on security in the East Asia region and once again highlighted the need for following global laws and norms in the South China Sea where China is locked in a dispute with some Southeast Asian nations.
Modi in his intervention at the ninth East Asia Summit in Myanmar’s capital underlined the need for a serious and sustained dialogue to strengthen the climate of understanding and confidence among all stakeholders in the region.
“In a world of interdependence and globalisation, there is no option but to follow international laws and norms. This also applies to maritime security. For this reason, following international law and norms is important for peace and stability in South China Sea as well.
At the India-ASEAN summit yesterday, PM Modi had said all nations have a responsibility to follow international laws and norms on maritime issues and hoped for an early conclusion of a code of conduct to resolve the issue.