Competing geo-politics, traditional and non-traditional challenges threaten peace, stability and prosperity of the region: PM at EAS
There's one country in our neighbourhood whose competitive advantage rests solely in producing and exporting terrorism: PM
India can share expertise & build partnerships for protection of marine resources, prevent environment degradation & tap blue economy: PM
India is committed to supporting realization of RCEP: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi addressed 11th East Asia Summit today in Laos. PM said competing geo-politics, traditional and non-traditional challenges threaten peace, stability and prosperity of the region. Talking against terrorism, the PM said terrorism is the most serious challenge to open and pluralistic societies and combating it would require collective effort.

The Prime Minister said, “There's one country in our neighbourhood whose competitive advantage rests solely in producing and exporting terrorism. This export is reducing space for peace &increasing space for violence and, putting at risk peace and prosperity of all.”

Outlining India's principled position on the South China Sea, the PM stated India can share expertise and build partnerships for protection of marine resources, prevent environment degradation and tap blue economy. PM Modi stated that natural disasters were a prime concern and announced India's initiatives to help devise coordinated approaches and responses.

He added India is committed to supporting realization of RCEP. India can also play imp role in APEC for deepening ongoing economic integration in the region. PM Modi noted East Asia Summit adopting statement on non proliferation. He said India is committed to strengthening its objectives which underlines commonalities in approaches. The PM said India remains committed, including through membership of export control regimes and to pursuing total and verifiable elimination of weapons of mass destruction.

PM Narendra Modi said India will remain steadfast in shared pursuit of regional, strategic political and economic priorities within EAS framework.

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