PM Modi, Australia PM Turnbull hold bilateral meeting — ASEAN Summit

PM Modi, Australia PM Turnbull hold bilateral meeting — ASEAN Summit

Speaking at a press conference with Malaysian journalists at the end of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on Tuesday, Najib said ASEAN was increasingly valued by world and regional powers for its strategic importance and position.

The ASEAN and the United States have also agreed to step up efforts in addressing other transitional crimes such as sea piracy, illegal drug menace, and human trafficking. The grouping said it will counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and "suppress" the terror financing under the provisions of ASEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism and invoking relevant rules framed by the Financial Action Task Force, a global body tasked with checking money laundering for terror finances.

"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. "Leaders are also expected to express their resolve to work together to reinforce the rules-based worldwide order and multilateralism", the European Council said. Addressing the Indian diaspora in Manila, Modi said there might be difficulties, but no one could stop India from achieving new heights.

Abe and Modi spoke for 40 minutes on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.

Delegates at the Asean summit in Manila on Monday.

China claims sovereignty over all of SCS, a huge source of hydrocarbons.

India has been supporting freedom of navigation and access to resources in the SCS in accordance with principles of worldwide law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised the Congress and questioned the party's record on governance and also the scams that erupted before the 2014 elections.

"The befitting theme of "Shared Values, Common Destiny" for our 25th anniversary celebrations has been jointly celebrated with a number of commemorative activities".

The East Asia Summit is a forum held annually by leaders of 18 countries including ASEAN nations India, the USA and Russian Federation.

Modi said 1.25 billion people of India are keen to welcome the ASEAN leaders as the chief guests at India's 69th Republic Day Celebrations.

The ties between India and ASEAN have been on an upswing.

The situation in the South China Sea has been cooling down, Li said.

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