Kuala Lumpur, Nov 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with many top leaders, on Sunday witnessed the signing of the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration by the ASEAN member states, enabling setting up of the ASEAN Community and a new action plan ASEAN 2025 that is intended for ‘Forging ahead Together’.
Prior to the signing ceremony, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said: “The ASEAN community is a landmark achievement on the way of reaching the goals that is to echo the conclusion of the Bangkok Declaration. It is to bind ourselves further together in friendship and
cooperation and to join efforts and sacrifices secure for people for posterity, the blessings of peace, freedom and prosperity.”
The heads of the ten ASEAN countries namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam signed the declaration.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the 10th East Asia Summit here on the second day of his visit to Malaysia and will hold bilateral meetings with top leaders of various countries on the sidelines of the Summit.
The Summit will be making declarations and statements on seven key issues including the security concerns of the Asia-Pacific region, countering violent extremism and enhancement of regional Health Security relating to communicable diseases.
The looming threat of terror and prevailing situation in West Asia is likely to be a part of the discussions.
The top leaders of all the ten ASEAN member countries and the East Asia Summit members including India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the USA are taking part in the summit.
Modi has set the tone for its deliberations by emphasising the need for adopting a Comprehensive Convention on the International Terrorism during his address to the ASEAN on Saturday.
The leaders will also witness signing of Kuala Lumpur Declaration which enables setting up of the ASEAN Community and a new action plan ASEAN 2025 that intended for ‘Forging ahead Together’.
The Prime Minister will address the Indian diaspora and interact with some of them. He will also meet a host of leaders including Ministers, Parliamentarians and public representatives from Malaysia.
(With Agency Inputs)