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India, Brazil to start strategic dialogue

india Updated: Sep 13, 2006 18:34 IST

India and Brazil will start a bilateral strategic dialogue encompassing a swathe of pressing global issues such as energy security and ways to jointly deal with global terrorism.

"This will be conducted by the National Security Advisor on the Indian side and the corresponding authorities in the Brazilian government," said a joint communiqué issued on Tuesday after talks between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva in Brasilia.

"An important outcome of the meeting was the decision to initiate a bilateral strategic dialogue covering regional and global issues of mutual concern such as energy security and the international security situation, including the menace of terrorism," the communiqué said.

In view of the deepening of strategic ties, the two countries also agreed to post military attaches in each other's capitals.

"The two leaders also agreed to establish a joint defence committee in pursuance of the defence agreement signed in December 2003, once the domestic requirements for the entry into force of this agreement have been completed," the communiqué noted.

Manmohan Singh, the first Indian prime minister to visit Brazil in 38 years, and Lula held talks on a range of regional and international issues, including the West Asia, and underlined the need for "concerted and coordinated action by the international community" in eliminating terrorism.

They, however, stressed that the battle against terrorism should be conducted in line with international law and the UN charter.

"They reaffirmed their full support for the implementation of all the measures to combat terrorism outlined in relevant UN Security Council resolutions and stressed that international cooperation to combat terrorism should be conducted in conformity with the principles of the UN Charter, international law and relevant international conventions," the communiqué said.

India and Brazil also signed bilateral agreements in areas as diverse as scientific and technological cooperation, air services, oil exploration, human settlements, plant health and cultural weeks.

"They reaffirmed their commitment to work towards a qualitative upgrading of the broad-based bilateral relationship between the two large democracies that share a multicultural and pluralistic ethos and common developmental aspirations," the communiqué underlined.