Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Modi meets Prez Mariano Rajoy in Spain, calls for fight against terror

Modi meets Prez Mariano Rajoy in Spain, calls for fight against terror

Modi, the first Indian PM to visit Spain since 1992, met top leaders and the interactions stressed that states and entities which encourage, support, finance terrorism, provide sanctuary to terrorists and glorify terrorism should be subject to worldwide laws including restrictive measures.

"My government is not only committed to following this policy, but taking our relations to newer heights", he added.

Following his visit to Germany, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed for Spain's Madrid from Germany's Berlin Tegel Airport on Tuesday.

Putin noted that this year Russian Federation and India mark the 70 anniversary since establishing diplomatic relations.

Modi's comments came as he condemned a huge explosion in Kabul on Wednesday that killed scores of people and injured hundreds.

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Stating Spain had made rapid strides in its economy, Modi said his government's top priority too was India's economic growth and development. After the summit, Putin will host Modi at a private dinner without any aides. Modi will also call on King Felipe VI of Spain.

The Prime Minister later also held a round-table interaction with CEOs of Spanish business and industry.

Both leaders said that there is a need to expand permanent as well as non-permanent memberships, in order to make the Council more efficient, effective and responsive to the prevailing challenges to world security and peace and representative of current geo-political realities. Two-way trade totaled Dollars 5.27 billion in 2016.

Bagley said that terrorism topped the charts of the conversation between Prime Minister Modi and his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy, as both the leaders recognized the malice as the gravest threat to the world and decide to work hand in glove to counter it.

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Compared to other countries, Russian Federation has always had an inclination towards India.

In addition, India and France will also discuss cooperation on other areas such as space, defence, railways, urban development, and nuclear and renewable energy.

Sitting around a rectangular table with a select group of global news agency editors, the 64-year-old Russian leader took questions one by one on subjects related not only of interest to the editors' countries but also of wider global concerns such as Syria, US President Donald Trump and the future of an emerging multi-polar world.

"Normally, worldwide relations see ups and downs but history is witness Indo-Russia relations have not seen any ups and downs", the prime minister said and thanked the Russian president for playing crucial role in getting India Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) membership.

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