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

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"We hadextensive discussions on enhancing India-Philippines bilateral cooperation especially in trade, business and culture", he tweeted.

Apart from that, he said other dialogue partners such as India and Australia also wanted to hold their own summits with ASEAN countries in January and April next year. By evening, the East Asia summit - comprising 10 ASEAN member-countries and another eight, including India, the US, Japan and China - issued two leaders' declarations: on anti-money laundering and countering terror financing, and on countering ideological challenges of terrorism and terrorist narratives and propaganda.

The East Asia Summit is the premier forum in the Asia-Pacific region.

"India assures the ASEAN of its steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region's interests and its peaceful development", he said.

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The leaders are expected to discuss issues related to terrorism, situation in Afghanistan and North Korea's nuclear and missile tests among others.

Prime Minister Modi also talked about shared values and common destiny between India and ASEAN.

He said the proposal was made during the ASEAN Plus Three Summit here today, attended by ASEAN leaders, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Chinese Prime Minister Le Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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"1.25 billion people of India are keen to welcome the ASEAN Leaders as our Chief Guests at India's 69th Republic Day Celebrations", Modi said.

The India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit, as the event is officially known, is an worldwide trade meet in which India holds dialogue with the ASEAN nations to celebrate New Delhi's diplomatic relations with these countries. "It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area", he said.

"We are committed to curtailing the threat of terrorism and violent extremism through information sharing and law enforcement cooperation, including through our Southeast Asia Aviation and Border Security program, as well as strengthening data exchange with Interpol", it added.

Favouring deepening of trade ties, Modi said, "Maritime links established thousands of years ago between India and ASEAN countries have enabled our trade relations in the past and we have to work closely to further strengthen them".

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