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Can Modi Revive Magic of Nehru-Nasser Era With Egyptian Prez Sisi?

Growing radicalisation, increasing violence, spread of terror are the scourge plaguing both nations, said PM Modi.

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India and Egypt on Friday decided to significantly step up their defence and security cooperation to effectively deal with twin challenges of terrorism and radicalisation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi held talks covering the entire expanse of ties.

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.
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

The two countries also decided to expand trade and commercial ties holding that there are huge opportunities to exploit untapped economic opportunities in the two countries. 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 into India on Thursday on a three-day visit, said his government will work towards a robust security cooperation with India, besides laying out a roadmap 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.

“They also reaffirmed their resolve to work together at UN on concluding the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT),” a joint statement issued after the talks said.

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.

Video Editor: Prashant Bhardwaj

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