Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak slammed the Islamic State as an “evil terrorist group" on Saturday, cautioning that a mere military solution itself was not enough and its ideology needed to be vanquished. Razak stated that his Muslim-majority country is ready to join others to defeat IS, adding that the world is in dire need of moderation, reported the Associated Press. His comments came at the commencement of the summit of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Kuala Lampur.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the Malaysian capital on Saturday morning for the two-day event. His agenda for the meeting includes boosting cooperation in areas such as security and investment for big-ticket infrastructure projects. The summit takes place in the backdrop of several extremist attacks around the globe, and talks are expected to be dominated by the issue of countering terrorism.

Modi also met his Chinese counterpart Li Kequiang and is expected to make an address at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit. This will be followed by a lunched hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.