India, Egypt decide to elevate ties to strategic partnership; resolve to combat terrorism

Updated: Jan 25 2023 9:35PM

India, Egypt decide to elevate ties to strategic partnership; resolve to combat terrorism

New Delhi, Jan 25 (PTI) India and Egypt decided on Wednesday to elevate their ties to the level of a strategic partnership, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi resolving to broadbase the bilateral engagement in the areas of defence, security and trade, and calling for "zero tolerance" towards terrorism.

After his talks with the visiting Arab leader, Modi said both sides were unanimous in their view that terrorism poses the most serious security threat to humanity and agreed that concerted action is necessary to end cross-border terrorism.

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said at a media briefing that the prime minister and the Egyptian president called for "zero tolerance" towards terrorism and strongly condemned its use as a "foreign policy instrument", in what is seen as an oblique reference to Pakistan's support to various terror groups.