Terrorism a global concern that requires international cooperation: Vice President

ANI | Updated: Nov 07, 2017 22:23 IST

New Delhi [India], November 7 (ANI): Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that terrorism was a global concern that demands international attention and cooperation.

Naidu made the remarks during his meeting with King Philippe of Belgium, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The visiting dignitary agreed that terror was a major global challenge, while appreciating India's support to Belgium in the hour of crisis when terrorism stuck their country.

Vice President Naidu also suggested that India believes in an early conclusion of negotiation and adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International terrorism at the United Nations and King Philippe expressed support to India's view in this regard.

Naidu said that India and Belgium today are two vibrant democracies and share several ideals and principles.

He further said that democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech, independent judiciary, free press and protection of human rights are fundamental values through which our societies are held together.

"Belgian academicians have made notable contribution to the advancement of Indian language studies, particularly Hindi and Sanskrit, in India and Belgium," he added.

He also expressed his happiness that the King would inaugurate the exhibition on contribution of Indian soldiers in the First World War and also release a coffee table publication, "India in Flanders Fields".

He added that this would be a tribute to the heroism and sacrifice of Indian soldiers.

The Vice President said that India, today, is an attractive business destination for Belgian businesses and would encourage Belgium Small and Medium Enterprises to explore tie-ups with Indian Start Ups.

He further said that India's 100 Smart Cities initiative is aimed at harnessing the economic potential of urban centres.

Naidu said that Belgian companies with expertise in urban transportation solutions, energy efficient technologies, smart citizen services, sanitation and waste management will find many business opportunities in India.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde arrived in New Delhi for a seven-day visit on Sunday.

This is King Philippe's maiden visit to the country, following his ascension to the throne in 2013. (ANI)