India, Philippines ink four pacts, resolve to fight terrorism

MANILA. President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA. President Rodrigo Duterte

"Bilateral was mainly on economic issues, trade and investment was discussed".

Tusk made the remarks during the 40th ASEAN-EU Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak proposed the establishment of the East Asia Vision Group III to monitor the impact of the revolution on the economies of the said nations, and outline measures to deal with the situation.

"India, being a founding member of the East Asia Summit, is committed to strengthening the East Asia Summit and making it more effective for dealing with contemporary challenges", it added.

The ASEAN-EU, which "serves as a bridge between Asia and Europe", has developed security cooperation to address the tensions and radicalization which affect markets and societies not only in the Asia Pacific but also in the EU's neighborhood.

The RCEP, comprising 10-member ASEAN bloc and six other countries - India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, is engaged in negotiations for a free trade pact.

"India assures the ASEAN of its steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region's interests and its peaceful development", he said.

North Korea's recent missile and nuclear tests demonstrating its ability to launch long-range ballistic missiles have sparked fears that the reclusive Communist state is developing nuclear weapons faster than previously estimated by the US.

"1.25 billion people of India are keen to welcome the ASEAN Leaders as our Chief Guests at India's 69th Republic Day Celebrations", Modi said.

"We have individually strived very hard to fight terrorism and violent extremism".

The president said the ASEAN leaders adopted and noted a number of declarations, statements, and action plans across the three pillars of the ASEAN Community, and on ASEAN's relations with dialogue partners, "which reflect our desire for greater cooperation in addressing a multitude of concerns facing the region and our people". "It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area", Modi said.

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