Modi stresses on security cooperation at East Asia Summit

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke of security cooperation and unimpeded commerce at the 10th East Asia Summit here.

“First, support for regional architecture for security cooperation that is inclusive, balanced, transparent and open,” said Modi on the second day of his visit to Malaysia.

“Second, the ocean is a pathway to peace and prosperity: India shares with Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) a commitment to freedom of navigation, over flight and unimpeded commerce in accordance with accepted principles of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” he said.

Thirdly he sought stronger cooperation in cyber-security, outer space and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

“India will continue to deepen bilateral security partnerships in Asean and with other EAS partners,” he said.

Fourthly, the prime minister sought an early conclusion of a regional comprehensive economic partnership.

“Five, development cooperation (is) at the heart of the East Asia Summit. India will continue to support the efforts of our partner countries. India is taking the lead in establishing EAS virtual knowledge portals on disaster management and trauma care and nursing,” he said.

“The Nalanda University is shaping up as a world class centre of knowledge and learning.”

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