NEW DELHI – Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, visiting India, said there should be close cooperation with the European Union to tackle terrorism, which has hit both parties.
Describing terrorism as a “sophisticated weapon” from which no country is immune, he said the two should work in the cause, the Press Trust of India reported.
Anastasiades, who is on a five- day visit to India, said the “long-standing” ties between India and Cyprus is “reciprocal and of mutually beneficial,” and was due to sign agreements involving merchant shipping, agriculture, aviation, education and culture.
“The major challenges in the area of security that Europe faces is the same which India does. Whether it is London, Stockholm, St. Petersburg or Mumbai, all face the threat today,” he said.
Terrorism is a sophisticated weapon from which no country is immune,” the president said.
In his keynote address at the India Trilateral Forum 12, he asserted that security and economic sectors were two areas in which the two countries can work in a more focused manner to do a “great deal in our strategic partnership,” PTI said.
“In Mumbai, I paid my respect to the victims of the 2008 terror attack. And, I say, the threat of terrorism calls for strengthening ties. Cyprus stands with India and is a supporter for the comprehensive convention against terrorism.
“We need a united response against terrorism. So we participated in the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS. We also provided ways and means to counter terror organisations by giving military assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces and actively exchanging information and intelligence with partners,” he said.
Anastasiades said this at the event co-hosted by think- tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF), German Marshal Fund of the US and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden.
“India’s engagement with its neighbors and its valuable contribution to regional peace and stability signifies its crucial role in the region and by extension, the world.
“In places like Afghanistan, India and the EU can forge closer cooperation for the benefit of the people and for peace and stability in the region. Where possible, India and the EU must join forces to tackle the root causes of terrorism,” he said.
Anastasiades said terrorism and political instability go hand in hand and lie at the heart of challenges that both the EU and India face.
“In our region, in Syria, Iraq and Libya political instability has allowed radical organisations such as the ISIS to fill in the vacuum in absence of political leadership. The result has been chaos and an unprecedented flow of migration,” he said, adding India faces significant migration from Afghanistan and has been affected by terrorism.
“The EU-India Joint Declaration on the fight against terrorism is an important step in fighting the menace,” he said, according to PTI.