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India, Italy vow to fight terror

India, Italy vow to fight terror
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that both India and Italy are committed to fight all forms of terrorism and to strengthen cooperation on...

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that both India and Italy are committed to fight all forms of terrorism and to strengthen cooperation on cyber security.

"In today's era every day we have to face new dangers and challenges. In relation to some of the security challenges present and emerging at the global level, we have discussed in detail.

We are both committed to fighting all forms of terrorism and strengthening cooperation on cyber security," Modi said during a joint statement at the end of delegation-level talks with his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni in New Delhi.

Bolstering cooperation between both nations on several fronts, the two leaders on Monday signed six pacts, including in areas of railway safety and mutual trade investments.

Modi said both the countries had discussed the challenges which the world is facing, adding that India and Italy are committed to enhance tourism and people-to-people ties.

Among other major agreements, India and Italy have signed an MoU on 70 years of diplomatic relations as well as on cooperation in the field of energy, executive protocol on cultural cooperation.

Earlier in the day, Modi and Gentiloni held extensive talks on ways to strengthen the bilateral political and economic relations. The visiting leader was accorded a ceremonial reception at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Ahead of his visit, Gentiloni had described his visit as an opportunity to make ties between the two countries stronger. Modi and Gentiloni had also interacted with 12 Indian and 19 Italian business leaders for boosting economic and investment cooperation, said Raveesh Kumar, External Affairs Minister spokesperson.

The meeting assumes significance as Gentiloni’s visit is the first prime ministerial trip from Italy in more than a decade. As per official figures, Italy is India’s fifth largest trading partner in the EU with a bilateral trade of USD 8.79 billion in 2016-17.

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