PM Narendra Modi seeks international partnership against all forms of terrorism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a family Photo at the East Asia Summit

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending the East Asia Summit in Myanmar’s capital where he will hold talks with several world leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

Addressing the East Asia Summit, the Prime Minister said: “In a world of inter-dependence and globalisation, there is no option but to follow international laws and norms. We need to follow global norms for peace in the South China Sea.”

He also stressed on the need for comprehensive response against terrorism and the need to have a genuinely international partnership against all forms of terrorism.

Modi added that Challenges of terrorism and extremism are increasing and they are linked to drugs, money laundering.

Modi on Wednesday invited Malaysian companies to come to India in a big way, saying there are a “lot of opportunities” for them since he is giving high importance to the ambitious ‘Make in India’ campaign.

Modi’s call came during a bilateral meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak at the Myanmar International Convention Centre on the sidelines of the 12th Asean-India Summit on the second day of his ten-day three-nation tour of Myanmar, Australia and Fiji.

“I am giving lot of emphasis to makeinindia and want to invite Malaysian companies to come to India. There are lot of opportunities,” Modi tweeted shortly after his meeting.

India has traditionally relied on investments from Japan, South Korea, Europe and the US.

Modi told Najib that Malaysia and India have worked together in the past and that the two countries can take this much further under his leadership.

Noting that Malaysia has worked a lot on affordable housing, Modi said its companies can work in this area since his government wants every Indian to have a home by 2022.

Modi and Najib also invited each other to visit their countries.

The Prime Minister on Wednesday had six meetings today at Nay Pyi Taw, besides attending the India-ASEAN Summit. He met the Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Thailand Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister of Singapore Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, the Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and the President of the Republic of Korea Ms Park Geun-hye. He also met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Prime Minister used the opportunity, which was his first meeting with these leaders, to explain his views on how he sees India progressing, and to seek their cooperation for the same. He also expressed India’s openness to ideas and views. He referred to the possibility of cooperation between India and the ASEAN countries in the field of solar energy.

He stressed on the need for India and ASEAN to collaboratively tackle terrorism, drug-trafficking and gun-running. He specifically mentioned the example of security intelligence sharing between India and Malaysia, and said this was a model which could be followed with other ASEAN member countries as well.

The Prime Minister sought cooperation from Malaysia in the field of public housing. The Prime Minister expressed keenness to work closely with Singapore in the field of urban renewal. The Korean side expressed keenness to share its proven industrial competence with India, especially in infrastructure.

The Prime Minister, in his meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, described her as a symbol of democracy, and referred to the enormous effort and sacrifice she has made for democracy. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi described India as her second home. The Prime Minister gifted Daw Aung San Suu Kyi a copy of Mahatma Gandhi’s commentary on the Bhagavad Gita.

(With Agency Inputs)

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