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Indo-US pact for Indian Ocean

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The News Bureau, Jan 26

As leaders of the world’s two largest democracies, India and the United States they have earlier agreed to a joint strategic vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region.

From Africa to East Asia they would build on partnership to support sustainable, inclusive development, and increased regional connectivity by collaborating with other interested partners to address poverty and support broad-based prosperity.

To su

port regional economic integration, we will promote accelerated infrastructure connectivity and economic development in a manner that links South, Southeast and Central Asia, including by enhancing energy transmission and encouraging free trade and greater people-to-people linkages. 

Stress on security

Regional prosperity depends on security. They affirmed the importance of safeguarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and over flight throughout the region, especially in the South China Sea. 

They called on all parties to avoid the threat or use of force and pursue resolution of territorial and maritime disputes through all peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 

Terrorism opposed

They opposed terrorism, piracy and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction wi

ithin or from the region. Obama and Modi decided to work together to promote the shared values that have made their countries great.

“We are committed to strengthening the East Asia Summit on its tenth anniversary to promote regional dialogue on key political and security issues, and to work together to strengthen it.”

Road map

In order to achieve this regional vision, they said that they would develop a roadmap that leverages their efforts to increase ties among Asian powers, enabling both our nations to better respond to diplomatic, economic and security challenges in the region.

As part of these efforts, the United States welcomes India`s interest in joining the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, as the Indian economy is a dynamic part of the Asian economy.

“Over the next five years, we will strengthen our regional dialogues, invest in making trilateral consultations with third countries in the region more robust, deepen regional integration strengthen regional forums,” they said.

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