Prominent members of the European Parliament have said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be EU’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 Modi “a person of great prominence on India’s political landscape.”
PM Modi and Belgian PM Charles Michel holding restricted talks PMO/Twitter
“The European Parliament believes Modi can be a major ally of the EU in the global war against terror,” they said after meeting Modi at Hotel Steigenberger.
PM Modi interacting with members of European Parliament and Belgian Parliament PMO/Twitter
“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. PM Modi is on a three-nation tour. In Brussels, he will attend the 13th India-EU Summit. From Brussels, PM Modi will leave for Washington to attend the Nuclear Security Summit on March 31 and April 1 and from there he will travel to Saudi Arabia on a two-day visit with a focus on boosting energy and security cooperation.
In Brussels, PM Modi paid tributes to Brussels attack victims, and said India has been battling terrorism for 40 years. With eyes closed, Modi prayed after laying the wreath at Maalbeek station.
Infosys employee Raghavendran Ganeshan, who went missing since the 22 March terror attacks in Brussels, was the sole Indian victim in the ISIS attacks at metro train at Molenbeek station.
Thirty-two people were killed and hundreds injured when three Islamic State suicide bombers targeted the international airport and the metro station in Brussels on March 22.
After laying a wreath in memory of Ganeshan, he met his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel and called for a united approach to fight terrorism across the globe.
Modi also met with Indologists and members of the European Parliament at Steigenberger Wiltcher’s on Avenue Louise.
The Prime Minister also held talks with CEOs of Belgian companies and reiterated his invitation to “Make in India”. Belgium is India’s largest trading partner in Europe after Germany.