India lauds Brazil support for actions to combat terror: PM Modi


India appreciated Brazil’s support for its actions to combat terrorism on Monday and said the two countries agreed that the world must come together to fight the menace without distinction or discrimination.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also thanked Brazilian President Michel Temer for “understanding India’s aspiration” for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

“My country deeply appreciates Brazil’s support for India’s actions in combating terrorism,” Modi said after a bilateral meeting with Temer, who is here for the 8th BRICS Summit which concluded on Sunday.

“We agreed that the world must come together to fight this menace without distinction or discrimination,” the Prime Minister said.

He said India will continue to work with Brazil as an important partner in early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT).

“Both bilaterally and multilaterally, the partnership between India and Brazil is filled with possibilities that we are keen to harvest,” he said.

Modi said the two countries made progress in opening new areas of cooperation in drug regulation, agricultural research and cyber security during Temers visit.

“I am happy to note that India and Brazil are close to finalising the text of a  bilateral investment agreement. President Temer and I have reviewed the full range of bilateral cooperation,” he said.

He said that the bilateral relations between India and Brazil have grown for the better and there has been increased interaction at all levels.

“This visit (by Temer) takes place as both countries mark a decade of our strategic partnership,” the Prime Minister said.

Modi and the Brazilian leader also witnessed exchange of four cross-sectoral MoUs between the two countries.

The first MoU is on genetic resources, agriculture, animal husbandry, natural resources and fisheries while the second one is on pharma products regulation. The third MoU is on cattle genomics and assisted reproductive technologies and the fourth is on investment cooperation and facilitation treaty.