Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left for home after concluding his three-day visit to Philippines where he attended the ASEAN-India and East Asia summits besides holding a series of bilateral meetings with a number of leaders including US President Donald Trump.
“After a series of productive bilateral and multilateral engagements in Manila, PM @narendramodi heads for home,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
In his address at the ASEAN-India and East Asia summits, Prime Minister Modi talked about need for united approach to contain terrorism and radicalisation in the region, asserted India’s long-held position on freedom of navigation and over flight in the Indo-Pacific.
He also called for an irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and sought a detailed probe into North Korea’s nuclear proliferation linkages.
On the sidelines of the summits, Modi held “very expansive” talks with Trump during which the two leaders carried out a “broad review” of the strategic landscape in Asia, signalling deeper cooperation by the two countries in dealing with sensitive security issues confronting the region.
It is learnt that the broader security architecture in the Indo-Pacific region in the backdrop of China’s increasing military presence in South China Sea figured in their talks apart from a host of other regional and global issues including terrorism emanating from Pakistan, North Korea’s missile tests, situation in Afghanistan and the Gulf region.
Modi also held wide-ranging talks with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, covering an entire gamut of bilateral relationship. After their talks, the two countries inked four pacts providing for cooperation in a number of areas, including the defence and security.
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