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EU, India adopt counter-terrorism declaration

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

and the European Union on Friday adopted a joint declaration to increase cooperation in counter measures and maritime security, taking their strategic ties to next level at the 14th India-Summit.

After the delegation-level talks with the President of the European Council, Donald Franciszek Tusk, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, here, Prime Minister Modi said, and the have agreed on the need to fight together and increase cooperation towards it."

President Tusk noted, "Adopted declaration on counter-to deal effectively w/threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters,terror financing& arms supply."

Elaborating, Prime Minister Modi said, "They will not only expand bilateral ties but also enhance partnership at the global level. European Union is India's biggest trade partner and one of the biggest partners."

European Council President Donald Tusk said, "Both and have agreed to further develop the political dimension of our relationship by developing our dynamic trade and investment relations; and that we have agreed to step up cooperation on global and regional issues."

He added, "We adopted a joint declaration on counter-in which we agree to counter violent extremism and radicalisation, particularly on-line, and to deal effectively with the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters, terrorist financing and arms supply."

is India's biggest trading partner with bilateral trade reaching USD 90 billion in 2016. EU-FTA talks had started a decade ago. While wants more access to automobiles, wines and spirits, wants liberal visa regime.

During the meeting, while pushed the for assuming a greater role of a security provider, the was firm on pushing the stalled talks of the proposed India-Agreement (FTA), that begun a decade ago.

Tusk said "fair and is not only important for companies on both sides to prosper but it will also strengthen the multilateral rules-based order".

"has to agree to highest standards of data. If India's standards match that of data protection standard of the EU, then only will we recognise for data adequacy for free exchange of data between our companies," said Juncker.

Tusk said, "and have decided to develop dynamic trade and step up cooperation on global and regional issues."

He said, strategic partnership between and will be expanded. He said, situation in Myanmar and Rohingya issue was discussed during the talks.

He said, wants peaceful resolution of Rohingya issue. Three agreements were exchanged between and European Union on Solar Alliance, Bengaluru Metro and Science Research.

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First Published: Fri, October 06 2017. 18:22 IST