India and Egypt decided to step up their defence and security cooperation to deal with terrorism and radicalisation as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held talks on Friday.
With both India and Egypt engaged in fighting terrorism, the two leaders identified the menace as one of the “gravest threats” and decided to have greater information and operational exchanges to combat it, besides ramping up defence cooperation.
“We are of one view that growing radicalisation, violence and spread of terror are a real threat across regions,” Modi said after talks with the President of Egypt, which is a crucial link between northeast Africa and the Middle East.
The two countries decided to expand trade and commercial ties, holding that there are huge opportunities to exploit untapped economic potential. An MoU on maritime shipping was also signed.
The Prime Minister said the two countries agreed on an “action oriented agenda” to drive the engagements in a range of sectors apart from deciding to expand defence trade, training and capacity building.
Sisi, who arrived here on Thursday for a three-day visit, said his government will work towards a robust security cooperation with India besides laying out a road map for intensification of bilateral trade and investment cooperation.
“The two leaders strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They considered terrorism to be one of the gravest threats to international peace and security. They reaffirmed their resolve to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism at all levels,” a joint statement issued after the talks said.
“They also reaffirmed their resolve to work together at UN on concluding the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT).”
The Prime Minister, in his statement to media said, 1.25 billion people of India are happy that the Egyptian President is here and that both of them have agreed to build on multiple pillars of cooperation between the two sides.