Terrorism a threat across region, says Modi

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that radicalisation and increasing violence is a threat not just to India and Egypt but also to other countries across region.

Addressing a joint press conference with Egypt President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, now on an official visit here, Modi said: “President and I are of one view that growing radicalisation, increasing violence and spread of terror are real threats not just to our two countries but also to nations and communities across region.”

“In this context we agree to further our defence and security engagements…” Modi said, adding that the two countries have decided to expand defence trade, training, combat capacity building, and greater information exchange to combat terrorism.

The two countries are also cooperating in dealing with emerging challenges in cyber security, as well as, fighting “drug trafficking, transnational crimes and money laundering”, Modi said.

Modi praised Egypt’s role during its current term at the UN Security Council and welcomed Egypt’s partnership for the next week’s G-20 meet, which is to be held in Hangzou, China.

“As two ancient and proud civilisations with rich cultural heritage we also decided to facilitate greater people to people contacts and cultural exchanges,” he said.

“India appreciates the good work that Egypt has been doing during its current term in UNSC. Our decision to consult more closely on regional and global issues both at the UN and outside will benefit our common interests,” Modi said.

–IANS

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