India and Portugal have signed seven pacts to widen their bilateral ties in a range of area including defense and security, along with IT and renewable energy. They also, surreptitiously, discussed China’s refusal to approve of New Delhi’s move at the United Nations to list the terrorist organisation, Jaish-e-Mohammad chief, Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
China had, on December 30, refused to accept India’s move to list Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, while at the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council. China was the only nation, out of the 15 nation Committee to have opposed India’s motion.
For the two leaders, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his Portuguese counterpart, Antonio Costa, jointly working towards curtailing terror networks was the main point of their bilateral dialogue. Their meeting also included discussion on a wide range of other issues, along with deepening ties. However, both leaders called upon a tough fight against the major terror networks around the globe, as well as the States harbouring such terror networks. They also emphasised the need to have strong policies against combating terrorism and not having double standards on the issue.
While addressing the media after the bilateral dialogue, PM Modi said that him and his Portuguese counterpart, Costa, discussed the requirement for the global community to take solid and immediate action against the speedily growing as well as steadfastly spreading threat of violence and terrorism around the globe.
Furthermore, a joint statement released after the talks, said that, “Recognising the importance of the Central role of UN in combating terrorism, they exhorted the international community to effectively implement the measures enumerated by the 1267 UN Sanctions Committee.”
The joint statement further elaborated on the agreement between the two nations, stating that they called for strengthening cooperation in fighting terrorism, with a ‘zero-tolerance’ spirit.
Modi and Costa also called for eradicating terrorist safe havens and infrastructures, as well as unsettling their deep-rooted terrorist and financing networks. Furthermore, they also considered adopting the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism by the United Nations.
PM Modi, elaborating on their discussions, said that, “We agreed that the two countries must focus on action oriented approach to realize the full potential of economic opportunities in our partnership. The agreements signed today are just one indication of our shared resolve to do exactly that.”
The Indian Prime Minister went on to thank his Portuguese counterpart for supporting India’s membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime, and for their constant support for India’s membership of the Nuclear Supplies Group.
The two nations signed a MoU on defense, that proposes cooperation from both nations on meeting security challenges, which include the defense industries as well as the maritime domain.