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Manila, Nov 14  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attended the 12th East Asia Summit, a premier forum of the Asean member states and eight other countries.

“Deepening partnership with common developmental objective and address global challenges,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

The participating leaders posed for a group photograph ahead of the summit.

Leaders of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) states – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – and of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US hold this annual summit.

The forum provides an opportunity for the leaders to exchange views and assess international issues of concern, including traditional and non-traditional security threats, primarily terrorism, maritime cooperation and security and non-proliferation.

Modi arrived here on Sunday on a three-day visit to the Philippines, the first prime ministerial visit to this country in 36 years since the visit of Indira Gandhi in 1981.

Later on Tuesday, Modi will attend the 12th India-Asean Summit. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the India-Asean dialogue partnership.