India, Spain for boosting anti-terror cooperation, economic ties: MEA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Russian Federation from Spain on Wednesday, this is his third stop of his six-day, four-nation tour of Europe.

Modi said both nations believe in the benefit and happiness of all. "We want the European Union to become stronger and India will play a positive role towards that through the medium of Germany", Modi said.

Putin is known for rarely showing his emotions but he appeared moved when Modi mentioned the sacrifices made by his family.

Putin noted that this year Russian Federation and India mark the 70 anniversary since establishing diplomatic relations.

The prime minister held wide-ranging talks with President of the Spanish government Mariano Rajoy at the Moncloa Palace and invited Spanish firms to invest in India which offers "many opportunities" for them in various fields. "It will help us promote ties between the nations in the modern and contemporary context as well", Bagley said.

On a question if Russian Federation will use its influence to get Pakistan to stop terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, "We will always support India in its fight against terrorism.

They positively accessed the contribution and cooperation between India and Spain at the moment and also agreed to expand the cooperation and consultation between India and Spain to counter terrorism, extremism and radicalistion", said Bagley.

"President Rajoy and Prime Minister Modi recognized that terrorism poses the gravest threat to global peace and stability and expressed their strong commitments to combat terrorism in all forms and manifestations. The potential for India's accelerated growth has never been greater, nor the optimism higher", he said.

He told the CEOs of the reforms being undertaken such as GST, and said that initiatives like Make in India, Digital India and Start up India are attracting much foreign interest.

He did not elaborate, but this was a clear reference to the Russia's long willingness to share high-end defence technology including missile technology with India, which most other countries restrict. We have supported each other's key interests.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid homage at the Piskariovskoye Memorial Cemetery here, a reminder of the hundreds of thousands of people who lost their lives during the almost 900-day Siege of Leningrad, as St Petersburg was then known, during the Second World War.

  • Leroy Wright