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India Wants To Enhance Cooperation With Asean On Non-Traditional Securitiy Challenges
NEW DELHI, Aug 7 (Bernama) — India wants to further enhance cooperation with ASEAN countries in confronting non-traditional security challenges, India’s Minister of Externals Affairs, S.M Krishnan said.
These would include fighting against international terrorism, drug trafficking, maritime issues, climate change, disaster management, food and energy security, he said.
“These trans-national issues require new and innovative responses,” he said at the Round Table on Asean-India Network Of Think Tanks (AINTT) here, today.
“I hope AINTT would deliberate on these issues and come up with practical recommendations.”
He said India also accorded very high priority to enhancing physical connectivity with ASEAN.
“There are multiple ideas and possibilities, apart from the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway wherein we have just recently taken on additional commitments at the request of Myanmar,” said Krishnan.
There are ideas about extending the Trilateral Highway to Laos and Cambodia and also a new highway linking India-Myanmar-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia, he added.
The India-Asean region together constitute 1.8 billion people.
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