India inks 3 pacts with EU as both agree to cooperate in fight against terror

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-06 20:58:17|Editor: Zhou Xin
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NEW DELHI, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- India and the European Union (EU) Friday inked three pacts after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held delegation-level talks with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the Indo-EU Summit in Delhi.

The agreements included one signed between the European Commission and the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) for Indian researchers and the finance contract of Metro Rail Project's Phase-2 in the southern city of Bengaluru.

Addressing a joint media meet after the talks at the summit, Modi said both the countries have decided to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and also agreed to resume talks on a free trade agreement.

"We agreed on fighting against terrorism together and increasing cooperation towards it. Our multi-dimensional relations and strategic partnership is of prime importance," the Indian prime minister said, hailing the EU countries for continuing to be India's largest trading partner.

On his part, Tusk said that both India and the EU have agreed to develop the political dimension of the relationship.

"We adopted a joint declaration on counter-terrorism to deal effectively with the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters, terror financing and arms supply arms supply. We agreed to cooperate in security in the Indian Ocean region and beyond," he said.