India, Spain call for zero tolerance on terrorism

The Internet is going insane about German Chancellor Angela Merkel "overlooking" Prime Minister Narendra Modi's gesture to shake hands with her.Chancellor Angela Merkel told her Bavarian allies in a beer tent in Munich on Sunday that Europe could no longer completely rely on its allies.

"In India, the policy of building strong relations with Russian Federation enjoys crosscutting national consensus".

The Minister of External Affairs Gopal Bagley averred that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second leg of the four-nation tour at Spain was a successful affair as the two nations agreed to strengthen ties on various issues. "We would like to expand the cooperation between India's states and Russia's regions, especially, the Russian Far East", Modi said.

Modi is the guest of honour at this year's three-day Saint Petersburg Economic Forum - Russia's answer to Davos - that Putin will use to push the idea that Russia has turned the page on a brutal recession caused by low oil prices and sanctions over Ukraine.

Modi's next stop is Spain where he will discuss with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy ways to deepen bilateral engagement, including in the high-tech sector.

On his two day visit to Germany (29-30 May) PM Modi will attend the fourth IGC (India Germany Intergovernmental Consultations).

The Prime Minister will be discussing ways to enhance bilateral engagement, especially in economic sphere, and cooperation on worldwide issues of common concern, particularly in combating terrorism. Modi is also scheduled to interact with business leaders from both the countries.

"Landed in Spain, marking the start of a very important visit aimed at improving economic and cultural relations with Spain", Modi tweeted in English and Spanish after landing in Madrid.

Merkel later hosted Modi over a luncheon meeting with senior leaders followed by the inauguration of the Indo-German Business Summit, where Modi set out India's stall as an investment-friendly destination and the world's fastest growing major economy and a "bright spot in the economic landscape of the world". Our partnership has contributed to global peace and security.

Spain and India also stressed on climate action with the two leaders reiterating their commitment to implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, its Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

However, Saran said India's relations with Russian Federation are independent of its ties with Pakistan.

Stressing that India refers to the deal as a Broad-based trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA), he said both countries were committed to creating a healthy ecosystem for investments from Germany.

  • Leroy Wright