India, Indonesia call for implementation of UNSC resolution to combat terrorism
New Delhi [India], Dec. 12 (ANI): Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations in the strongest terms, and emphasising "zero tolerance" for acts of terror, India and Indonesia on Monday called upon all the countries to implement the UNSC Resolution 1267 and other relevant resolutions designating terrorist entities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesia President Joko Widodo also called upon all the countries to work towards eliminating terrorists' safe havens and infrastructure, in disrupting terrorist networks and financing channels, and stopping cross-border terrorism.
Underlining the need for all countries to deal with trans-national terrorism emanating from their territory by effective criminal justice response, the two leaders called for enhanced cooperation including through greater exchange of information and intelligence between the two sides.
Both the leaders reiterated their commitment to respecting freedom of navigation and over flight, and unimpeded lawful commerce, based on the principles of international law, as reflected notably in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
With regards to the South China Sea, the two sides stressed the importance of resolving disputes by peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law including the UNCLOS.
Both leaders reiterated the importance of advancing negotiations for swift conclusion of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations.
With a view to making the United Nations more democratic, transparent and efficient, both the leaders pledged their support for the ongoing reform of the UN and its principal organs, including the Security Council so that it can deal more effectively with the myriad challenges of today's world.
Both the leaders expressed satisfaction at the steady progress made in ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations over the past twenty-four years and welcomed the plans to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations and Fifth Anniversary of the Strategic Partnership 2017 through conduct of commemorative activities in India and in ASEAN member states throughout 2017.
The leaders noted that India and Indonesia, as two large countries straddling the Indian Ocean, have a high stake in ensuring the effectiveness of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and in promoting regional cooperation in the areas identified by the Organization, and in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS).
Prime Minister Modi congratulated President Widodo on Indonesia's able leadership as Chair of the IORA and the convening of the First IORA Summit next year.
President Widodo invited Prime Minister Modi to visit Indonesia at an early date, which the Indian Prime Minister readily accepted. (ANI)