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    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called on Sunday for a joint action against the Islamic State (ISIL) extremist group under the aegis of the United Nations.

    KUALA LUMPUR (Sputnik) Speaking at the ASEAN Summit of Southeast Asian powers in Malaysia, Medvedev stressed that IS threat had a global significance.

    "The threat coming from Islamic State is felt by almost all countries, including those in Europe, America, Central and Southeast Asia," the head of the Russian government observed, adding that "a consolidated anti-terror stance of countries with large Muslim communities" was key to defeating ISIL militants.

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur over the weekend to discuss regional economy. The summit of 18 leaders has been overshadowed by terror attacks against France, Russia and Mali.

    On Sunday, ASEAN leaders signed a declaration where they condemned terrorism in all its forms and branded it as a challenge to the humankind. They pledged to work closer together to defeat terrorism and extremism.

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Sunday that cooperation between countries was key to rolling back Islamic State (ISIL) insurgency, at a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

    Speaking on the margins of the ASEAN Summit in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur, Medvedev said that the meeting was overshadowed by the recent terror attacks in Paris, Bamako and against a Russian airliner in Egypt.

    "This is yet another proof that terrorism knows no borders and that we need to work together to fight against Islamic State as a terrorist factor," Medvedev said in Kuala Lumpur. "But we must act in sync and coordinate efforts – both political and military," he added.

    Southeast Asia leaders met in the Malaysian capital over the weekend. The traditionally economy-oriented summit focused this year on counter-terrorism action, according to Medvedev.


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