Modi meets Jordan King

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India and Jordan on Thursday chose to step up defence cooperation to combat terror and prevent cyber security crimes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jordanian King Abdullah II held talks on key strategic issues after giving a clear message that terrorism and radicalisation are not linked to any religion.

Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi, Sheikh Ahmed stressed the historical relationship between Jordan and India, which is based on pluralistic values in which both countries believe.

It approved signing a MoU with Jordan on cooperation and mutual administrative assistance in customs matters.

"Both leaders renewed their support and commitment to the Palestinian cause", TS Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said at a media briefing following the meeting.

On the sidelines of the forum, His Majesty King Abdullah II met with a number of business leaders and CEOs of major companies in India, discussing investment potential in Jordan.

He said faith inspires countries like India and Jordan where different religious and ethnic groups have lived together.

"Be it Buddha or Mahatma Gandhi, the fragrance of peace and love has spread across the world from our nation-India".

Another pact provided for establishment of a "next generation Centre of Excellence (COE) in Jordan" to "set up next generation Centre of Excellence (COE) in Jordan for training of minimum 3000 Jordanian IT professionals over a period of 5 years, and setting up of resource centre in India for Training of Master trainers in IT field from Jordan". King Abdullah, who was on a foreign visit then, returned to Jordan and hosted the Indian prime minister.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that fight against terror and radicalisation is not a fight against any religion.

"Too much of what is heard in news and what is seen about religion today is all about what separates people".

Before Abdullah's speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he appreciates Abdullah's work towards deradicalisation. "Those who commit crimes against humanity do not understand that their actions also hurt people of that religion, which they claim to be protecting", the PM added. "It is between all faiths and communities against extremism, hate and violence", Abdullah said in his address at the Vigyan Bhawan here. "It is against that mentality that misleads our youth and prepares them to persecute innocents". "We need to take back the airwaves and Internet from the voices of hatred, those who have victimised our world not only with bombs and terror but with ignorance and lies", Abdullah said.

The Jordanian King arrived here on Tuesday on a three-day state visit.

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