New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on a two-day visit to Laos on Thursday spoke about the maritime security, terrorism, economic and socio-cultural cooperation.

“ASEAN is central to India’s ‘Act East’ policy, and our ties are a source of harmony in the region,” PM Modi said.

Narendra Modi said the substance of India’s strategic partnership covers economic, security, and socio-culture.

“ASEAN India Plan of Action (2016-20) has served us well, 54 activities have already been implemented,” Modi said.

Talking about the growing terrorism in the South Asian region, PM Modi said export of terror; growing radicalisation and spread of extreme violence are common security threats to the societies.

PM Modi also said while tackling with the growing traditional and non traditional challenges, political security co-op is a key emergent pillar of India’s relationship with other nations.

Bilateral meetings with the world leaders to discuss key issues were the main agenda of PM Modi who arrived in Loas on September 7.

The summit comes at a time when the China is tightening its grip over the disputed South China Sea.