Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, calling on countries to fight terrorism and unveiling his vision for South East Asia.
“This is a historic summit. We applaud members for realizing the vision of the ASEAN community and charting a path to 2025,” said Modi.
“Since my government entered office, no region has seen greater engagement than the Asia Pacific and the Indian Ocean Region,” claimed the 65-year-old Indian Prime Minister.
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“The world still looks to the South East Asian region to address global challenges. The East Asia Summit is the key forum to shaping our collective future”, Modi opined.
The PM said that the 21st century belonged to Asia.
Addressing the problem of terrorism, Modi stated that terrorism was no longer a regional problem. He said ‘its long shadow stretches across the world’. Last Saturday, Islamic State (IS) terrorists opened fire in Paris, killing at least 129 people and injuring hundreds more.
Modi then put forth his vision for South East Asia, the ‘Five Elements for an Asian Century’.