Maritime security and disaster response are top priority, says PM Modi
Putrajaya : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak signed MOUs on cyber security, cultural ties, public administration during PM Modi’s ASEAN tour. PM Modi emphasized that India and Malaysia would deepen cooperation in security and defence, as these matters found centre stage during PM’s bilateral talks with Malaysian leader. In the wake of recent terror scenario emerging globally, with Paris buckling under the initial pressure terror attacks but quickly rising up in retaliation, and Russia taking a serious cognizance and bombarding Syria on account of recent deaths of citizens in air crash, which found its links to the terror group in limelight, the Indian Prime Minister too joined his concern over the global war on terror and spoke about security on that reference. He was speaking at a joint press briefing after his talks with Najib at Putrajaya in the administrative capital on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
PM Modi stated that India too is a victim of terror culture, and made a particular reference to ceaseless terror attempts against India and Afghanistan, which he added, were a reminder of the global nature of terrorism, wherein no part of the globe was spared. He appreciated Najib’s leadership in combating extremism and radicalisation and said, it was a great contribution adding to the important aspect of global efforts against this challenge of extreme elements.
Talking about security and defence cooperation, Modi said both countries would make the bilateral ties on these aspects stronger, and a great deal of focus would be concentrated upon areas like advancing maritime security and strengthening disaster response in the region that covers both India and Malaysia in particular. Modi said — I am pleased that we have agreed to upgrade our joint exercises and set up the SU-30 Forum. Both sides will do more in terms of level and complexity of exercises and collaboration in training and defence equipment. Our agreement to cooperate in cyber security is very important. As our lives get more networked, this is emerging as one of the most serious concerns of our age.
Modi expressed confidence of taking the bilateral strategic partnership to a new level. He stood in agreeance with Najib’s belief that bilateral trade and investment relations could be scaled up significantly. PM added — I am particularly grateful to you for our security cooperation. It underlines our shared commitment to deal with our security challenges. We will continue to deepen our cooperation in this area. We intend to exploit the full potential of our bilateral and India-ASEAN Agreements. We look forward to an early conclusion of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.