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India and Chile agree to strengthen global response to defeat terrorism

India and Chile agree to strengthen global response to defeat terrorism

Santiago: India and Chile have agreed to work together to strengthen the global response to defeat and destroy terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as President Ram Nath Kovind held wide ranging discussions with his Chilean counterpart on matters of mutual interest, including cooperation in defence sector.

The two sides signed three MoUs in the fields of mining, culture and disability during Kovind's visit here. Kovind arrived here on Sunday on the last leg of his three nation tour that also took him to Bolivia and Croatia. President Kovind discussed wide ranging issues of mutual interest with his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera on Monday, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

"We exchanged views and assessments of our respective neighbourhoods and regions," Kovind said.

Thanking Pinera for his strong condemnation of the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, the President said India and Chile have agreed to work together to strengthen the global response to defeat and destroy terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and hold those responsible, accountable for their brutality against humanity.

They also called upon all countries to work towards eliminating terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and financing channels. They emphasized the need for stronger international partnership in countering terrorism and extremism, including through increased sharing of information to combat terrorism, also bilaterally, a joint statement said.

Both leaders expressed the importance of early finalisation of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT), the statement said.

India offered training slots to Chilean armed forces in the premier defence institutions including for courses in mountain warfare and peacekeeping.

The two countries also agreed to explore opportunities for other cooperation in the defence sector. "The two countries should also seize the opportunity to jointly manufacture defence equipment," Kovind said. Noting that the bilateral relations between India and Chile are on an "upward curve", Kovind said, "Today we have signed three MoUs in the fields of mining, culture and disability. These would further enhance our engagement in economic."

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