India to scale-up counter terrorism cooperation with EU

Brussels (Belgium), Mar. 30 (ANI): Assuring its support to the European Union (EU) in fight against terrorism, India on Wednesday expressed its desire to scale up cooperation with the EU in the area of counter-terrorism.

Giving out the details of discussions held during the 13th India-EU summit, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that discussions began on the subject of international terrorism, in the context of recent terrorist attacks in Brussels.

“The 13th India-EU summit was held today in Brussels. Discussions were held in a very cordial and positive atmosphere.Prime Minister offered condolences on this barbaric act and said that India stands with the EU on the fight against international terrorism, and said that he wanted to scale up its cooperation with EU in the area of counter-terrorism,” he said.

“The leaders also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the three transitions that are underway in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister spoke of India’s commitments to stay in the course in Afghanistan and are very strong development partners in Afghanistan,” he added.

Swarup said that discussions on broad based trade and investment agreement were also held, during which it was decided that both sides would adopt a flexible approach.

“There was also discussions on broad based trade and investment agreement. And it was agreed that with a flexible approach on both sides discussions could be carried forward.

He said that discussions on migration issue in Europe and climate change were also held.

“There was also discussions on global and regional issues, particularly the issue of climate change. The European side explained the situation arising out of migration crisis. And it was agreed that the cooperation between the Indian Parliament and the European Parliament should be scaled up,” he said.

“The Prime Minister also discussed the possibility of the European Investment Bank investing in India’s infrastructure and other sectors. They also discussed cooperation in renewable energy,” he added.

Prime Minister Modi, who arrived in Brussels today for the first leg of his three nation tour, attended a working dinner with top EU leaders, including European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and President of the European council Donald Tusk.

He also witnessed the signing of loan agreement between the Lucknow Metro and the European Investment Bank at the 13th India-European Union (EU) Summit, which was held to discuss trade, investment, and technology partnership between India and the E.U.

The Prime Minister also held talks with the board members of the Association of Diamond Traders on the sidelines of the summit. (ANI)

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