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Modi can be a major ally in war against terror: EU lawmakers

Prominent members of the European Parliament on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be European Union’s “major ally” in the global war against terror and should be proactively engaged as India has the “first-hand knowledge” of dealing with such issues.

Extending a warm welcome, the members termed Mr. Modi “a person of great prominence on India’s political landscape.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by members of the European Parliament and the Belgian Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday.

“The European Parliament believes Modi can be a major ally of the EU in the global war against terror,” they said after meeting Mr. Modi at Hotel Steigenberger this morning.

“EU can learn a lot from the Indian experience in fighting Islamic extremism as India has first-hand knowledge in dealing with the issue,” they said in a letter.

The members said the EU “should engage Indian decision makers led by Mr. Modi in a proactive dialogue and focus on overlapping interests, including maritime security, terrorism, space and cyber defence.”

Mr. Modi arrived here on Wednesday for a hectic day-long visit during which he will attend the India-EU Summit.

Belgian capital Brussels, which was attacked by suicide bombers last week, is the first leg of Mr. Modi’s three-nation four-day tour which will take him to the US and Saudi Arabia.

Since the terrorist attack on March 22, the Brussels airport is yet to be fully operational and Modi’s Special Air India plane had to land at the Brussels Military Airport.

Belgian Army has been deployed for the Prime Minister’s visit. Due to an enhanced terror threat, additional security has been put in place for Mr. Modi’s public interaction with the Indian diaspora here.

PM pays tribute to Brussels terror attacks victims

Modi, who arrived here on a day-long visit to attend the India-EU Summit, laid a wreath at the Maalbeek Metro station in the Belgian capital where a suicide bomber blew himself up killing scores of passengers, including Raghavendran Ganeshan, who was an Infosys employee from Bengaluru.

“At a time of grief, India stands in solidarity. Before official engagements, PM lays wreath at Maalbeek metro station,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

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