EU looking to better ties with India on terror, security issue

Seeking to provide a "new dimension" to their otherwise "neglected" relations, European Union (EU) today said it is committed to expand its ties with India beyond trade and commerce to include issues of security and terrorism.

New Delhi: Seeking to provide a "new
dimension" to their otherwise "neglected" relations, European
Union (EU) today said it is committed to expand its ties with
India beyond trade and commerce to include issues of security
and terrorism.

"Not only in terms of trade, the EU is seeking fruitful
dialogue with India on security, terrorism and climate change,
apart from greater cooperation in energy security, cultural
and people to people exchange," Graham Watson, Chairman of
Delegation for Relations with India, said.

"In the past, EU has rather neglected relations with
India but it is definitely seeking to expand and intensify
contacts with India," Watson said.

Lauding the government for its "excellent policy" of
fighting Naxals in Andhra Pradesh, Watson said the EU has a
"huge interest" in working with India on issues related to
terrorism.

Daniele Smajda, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of
European Commission to India, said they wanted a "new
dimension" in EU-India relations.

"Our relations encompass a wide range of important
subjects from global security and climate change to the
promotion of an open multilateral trading system," Smajda, who
is part of an eight-member visiting delegation, said.

Smajda said although there have been many official
delegations to India, the relation between European Parliament
and the Indian Parliament remains a "weak" part.
"This is a little weak part inspite of several very
important visits by delegations, perhaps it needs to be more
regular," said Smajda.

Another Member of the European Parliament Lena Kolarsk
Bobinska said, "We perceive India as crucial for stability of
the region, "while praising the country`s democratic set up.

PTI

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