Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) is welcomed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee upon arrival at the Indian Presidential Palace in New Delhi, capital of India, Sept. 2, 2016. India and Egypt agreed on Friday to bolster their defense and security ties to deal with the growing threats of terrorism and radicalization. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)
NEW DELHI, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- India and Egypt agreed on Friday to bolster their defense and security ties to deal with the growing threats of terrorism and radicalization.
"We are of one view that growing radicalization, increasing violence and spread of terror are real threats not just to our two countries, but also to nations and communities across the region," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told joint press conference with visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
"In this context, we agree to further our defense and security engagements. We have decided to expand defense trade, training, combat capacity building, and greater information exchange to combat terrorism," he said.
A joint statement issued after the talks added: "The two leaders strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They reaffirmed their resolve to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism at all levels."
Describing Egypt as a natural bridge between Asia and Africa, Modi lauded President Sisi as "a man of many achievements" and praised Cairo's role in the UN Security Council as well as its partnership for the upcoming G20 summit in China.
"India appreciates the good work that Egypt has been doing during its current term in the United Nations Security Council. Our decision to consult more closely on regional and global issues both at the UN and outside will benefit our common interests," he said.
On his part, President Sisi said his government will work toward a robust security cooperation with India and lay out a roadmap for intensification of bilateral trade and investment cooperation.
President Sisi arrived here Thursday on a three-day state visit at invitation of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.