Brown calls for more Indian cooperation in fighting terrorism

January 20th, 2008 - 8:33 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Gordon Brown

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for greater cooperation with India on combating terrorism and strengthening of relationship between the two nations, as he arrived here today.

Brown wants India to become a member of an international body that counters terrorist financing, the Financial Action Task Force.

“I believe in the next two days we will be able to strengthen economic relationship and work together on other greater issues which effect both the countries, Brown said on the sidelines of a three-day deliberation on Women’s Empowerment and Girls Education in New Delhi.
Apart from other important issues, Brown will also discuss with his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh the issues relating to the current turmoil in Pakistan.
He will also call on President Pratibha Patil, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and other leaders.
Brown arrives in Delhi from China, and the visit will be about introducing British business to one of the Asia’s economic giants.
Brown last visited India in January 2007 as Chancellor of Exchequer.
This is the 4th India-UK Summit since the comprehensive strategic partnership between India and the UK was launched in September 2004.

During Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s September 2004 UK visit, the two countries had adopted a Joint Declaration, which upgraded bilateral relations to the level of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and listed a whole series of areas for cooperation.

Further expansion of economic linkages, research and development collaboration and cooperation in higher education and academic exchanges; and cooperation in counter-terrorism are among the important areas for consultations.

The two sides will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) India-UK
Higher Education Leadership Development Programme to develop leadership skills in Indian universities.

Brown’s visit to India and China comes at a time when Western economies are witnessing a mild slowdown.

So, while trade and investment will be at the top of the agenda at the summit in New Delhi, India will look at discussing immigration, which could become an issue as Britain starts to tighten its borders. (ANI)

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