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PM Narendra Modi asks East Asia Summit to reject any linkage between religion and terrorism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asserted that the world community must reject any linkage between religion and terrorism while formulating a “genuinely international” partnership in the fight against all forms of terror acts.

In his intervention at the East Asia Summit, the prime minister also said that it should be ensured that cyber and space remain a source of connectivity and prosperity, and not new theatres of conflict.

Leaders of 18 countries including US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang are assembled at the one-day ninth East Asian Summit here in the Myanmarese capital.

We should also reject any linkage between religion and terrorism,” he said.

“Challenges of terrorism and extremism have increased.

There is close link with drug trafficking, arms smuggling and money laundering,” he added.

On economic issues, Modi pushed for a “balanced” Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, which gives equal emphasis to goods and services, saying this could become a “springboard” for regional integration and prosperity.

Modi also conveyed India’s best wishes for the goal of creating an ASEAN Community in 2015.modi10

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