Calling terrorism a global threat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday signed key pacts with his New Zealand counterpart John Key to strengthen security and intelligence cooperation as the two nations joined hands to fight the menace.
Both the countries issued a joint statement on terror as Modi sought New Zealand’s support for India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG).
“Terrorism remains one of the greatest challenges to global peace and security. Nations that believe in humanity need to coordinate their actions to fight the menace of terrorism together,” Modi said.
“We (India, New Zealand) agreed to strengthen security and intelligence cooperation against terror and radicalisation including in cyber security. We recognised need for greater economic engagement to effectively respond to growing global economic uncertainties,” he added.
New Zealand is among the few countries which has been opposing India’s entry in to the elite NSG and both the leaders discussed the issue in the bilateral talks.
“I am also thankful to PM Key for New Zealand’s constructive approach towards India’s NSG membership bid,” Modi said.
Key, who is on a three–day state visit to India had this to say: “We had detailed discussion on India’s membership bid to NSG and will continue to work constructively on this.”
Both the countries also signed three agreements in areas of double taxation, avoidance, food security and sports.