Moscow, Oct 1: India and Russia have agreed to enhance security cooperation in Asia and the Asia Pacific, and noted that the role of the Asia-Pacific region in international affairs is on the rise and supported further regional integration and cooperation for sustainable global growth.
The two sides agreed to closely interact in order to discuss the framework principles of strengthening security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, based on universally accepted principles and norms of international law, openness, transparency and equality.
They agreed to play an active role in multilateral fora to encourage further dialogue on equal and undiminished security and developing mutually beneficial cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, in accordance with the agreement achieved at the East Asia Summit (EAS) held in Oct er 2013 in Brunei, Darussalam.
Both India and Russia consider the EAS a key forum for strategic dialogue between leaders of member states on pressing issues as to the political and economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.
The sides agreed that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) contributed significantly to ensuring peace and stability, economic development and prosperity in Eurasia. The Russian Federation commended India’s active participation in the SCO as an observer state and reiterated its strong support for India’s bid for full membership of the SCO.
Both sides are committed to further intensifying political interactions between China, India, and Russia.
In this context, they attach great significance to the next meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the three states, which is to take place November this year in New Delhi.
The two countries also see it as essential to continue consultations concerning regional security at the level of High Representatives of China, India, and Russia.
They also noted the role of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) as an important mechanism aimed at creating favourable conditions for trade and investment cooperation and developing regional integration in the Asia-Pacific.
Russia reaffirmed that India’s potential membership in APEC would facilitate further development of a dialogue on addressing key issues of regional and global trade. Russia reiterated its support towards India’s accession to APEC upon achievement of consensus within APEC on expansion of its membership.
The two sides expressed their commitment to further strengthen the ASEAN Regional Forum, a key tool for practical cooperation in maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, to increase its contribution to the global effort to combat terrorism and cross-border crime, including in the field of ICTs.
They voiced their intention to promote further development of multilateral military cooperation in the region, to coordinate measures and provide, on a mutual basis, support within the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus format).
Both countries reaffirmed their commitment to further advance, in order to ensure peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, cooperation and coordination within the interstate associations existing in the region, including the Asia-Europe Meeting Forum, Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, Asia Cooperation Dialogue. (ANI)