PM Modi joins hand with Turkey's Erdogan to combat terrorism

Namrata Tripathi

Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Narendra ModiPIB

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House on Monday to strengthen bilateral ties. The leaders, at the venue, issued a joint statement where they agreed to strengthen cooperation with each other to combat terrorism.

"President and I decided to work together to strengthen cooperation, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to effectively counter this menace," PM Modi said.

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Modi also urged nations across the world to work together to "disrupt terrorist networks and their financing." Although the Prime Minister did not mention Pakistan, he said that that cross-border movement of terrorists must be challenged, and that actions must be taken against those countries sheltering terrorist organisations.

"They (countries) also need to stand and act against those who create, support, shelter and spread terrorism," PM Modi said.

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Modi also pushed India's bid for a seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), stating that the UN council should be inclusive and must reflect the world of the 21st century, and not the centuries gone by.

"Both of us (Erdogan and I) recognize the need for the UNSC to reflect the world of the 21st century and not of the century gone by," Modi added.

PM Modi also called for stronger business relations between India and Turkey, by approaching business opportunities in a "strategic and long-term manner."

"President and I are clear that strengths of our economies present an enormous opportunity to expand and deepen our commercial linkages. We need to approach the entire landscape of business opportunities in a strategic and long-term manner. Encourage stronger partnership of Turkish companies with our flagship programs and tap into diverse and unique opportunities inherent in rapidly growing India," Modi said.