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Modi talks counter-terror cooperation with US, Canada leaders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today discussed counter-terror cooperation, among other issues such as greater economic ties, with senior leaders of the US and Canada visiting India for the Vibrant Gujarat Summit here.

In his meeting with the US Secretary of State John Kerry, discussions primarily focused on the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama and issues like counter-terror co-operation, while economic matters and matters of regional interest also figured in the talks.

“Both sides agreed that the visit would add momentum to the India-US strategic partnership. They also noted that issues relating to WTO Trade Facilitation had been satisfactorily resolved,” an official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Counter terror cooperation was also a key theme in the Prime Minister’s meeting with Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander.

“The Prime Minister condemned the attack on Canada’s Parliament, and stressed the need for a zero-tolerance approach to terror,” the statement said.

Modi also said he looked forward to visiting Canada.

Besides, Modi met Israel’s Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir and both sides sought to further enhance cooperation in the agriculture sector.

The Prime Minister invited Israel to take advantage of the Make in India initiative and establish high-end manufacturing centres in India.

In Modi’s meeting with Akbar Torkan, Senior Advisor to the President of Iran, both sides reviewed progress in the implementation of the Chahbahar Port Project. Energy cooperation and regional issues also came up for discussion.

Separately, Modi also met World Bank President Jim Yong Kim wherein climate change and clean energy came up for discussion.

In his meeting with the Prime Minister of Macedonia, both sides agreed on the need to enhance trade and investment ties.

The Governor of Astrakhan, Russia, Alexander Zhilkin, invited investment from India in his meeting with Modi.

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