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"I look forward to a befitting culmination of the commemorative year and receiving you at the India-ASEAN Special Commemorative Summit on 25 January 2018 in New Delhi", he said.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Monday said that the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump lasted for about 45 minutes during which both leaders discussed on a host of issues including terrorism and trade.

In a joint statement issued after the commemorative summit, the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) affirmed their resolve to keep peace, security and stability in the region, apart from pushing for strong economic engagement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday strongly pitched for putting in place a rules-based regional security architecture, reflecting growing convergence among major players like India, the U.S. and Japan to have a coherent approach to deal with China's aggressive posturing in the Indo-Pacific region.

Prime Minister Modi also talked about shared values and common destiny between India and ASEAN.

Speaking at a press conference with Malaysian journalists at the end of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on Tuesday, Najib said ASEAN was increasingly valued by world and regional powers for its strategic importance and position.

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RCEP is a 16-nation proposed free trade pact eyed to further strengthen ASEAN markets, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and its major trading partners China, South Korea, Australia, India, Japan and New Zealand.

"India assures the ASEAN of its steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region's interests and its peaceful development", he said.

At Tuesday's summit, the APT leaders adopted the Manila Declaration on the 20th Anniversary of ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation which sets the direction and priorities of the cooperation in the coming years.

The India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit, as the event is officially known, is an worldwide trade meet in which India holds dialogue with the ASEAN nations to celebrate New Delhi's diplomatic relations with these countries.

"The ASEAN-US partnership plays an increasing role in addressing transnational challenges".

"We have individually striven very hard to fight terrorism and violent extremism. We reviewed the ground covered on various aspects of India-Japan ties and discussed ways to deepen cooperation between our economies and people", Modi tweeted.

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