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6:04 am - Tuesday March 3, 2015

BIMSTEC can make imp contribution to peace, security, prosperity in Asia: PM

Agencies, Nay Pyi Taw
Attaching the highest importance  to India’s relations with BIMSTEC partners, Prime Minister  Manmohan Singh today expressed confidence that BIMSTEC can make an   important contribution to peace, harmony, security and prosperity  in Asia and the world.

Addressing the third BIMSTEC Summit at the Myanmarese capital here, the Prime Minister also stressed the need for greater cooperation between the member countries in the areas of trade and economic cooperation, energy, tourism and counter terrorism.

Noting that the evolving threat of terrorism has imparted urgency for stronger cooperation among BIMSTEC to counter it, the Prime Minister called for an early ratification of the Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism,  Trans-National Organised Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking and early signing of  the BIMSTEC Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.

‘’Like our prosperity, our security, too, is indivisible-– whether it is the security of sea lanes of communication in our region or the persisting challenges of terrorism and transnational crimes. The nature of the evolving threat of terrorism in the BIMSTEC region has imparted greater urgency for stronger cooperation to counter it.

‘’As part of this effort, we must seek early ratification of the Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Trans-National Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking and early signing of the BIMSTEC Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters. We should also commence negotiations on a BIMSTEC Convention on Extradition,’’ the Prime Minister said.

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