India, Malaysia ink pact on cyber security and defense

RSTV Bureau
Kuala Lumpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi  and his Malaysian Counterpart Najib Razak being welcomed by floral garlands during the inaugural ceremony of Torana Gate in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 23, 2015. Photo - PTI

Kuala Lumpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Malaysian Counterpart Najib Razak being welcomed by floral garlands during the inaugural ceremony of Torana Gate in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 23, 2015.
Photo – PTI

Emphasising the recent serial attacks in Paris and terrors attacks globally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it a reminder of the global nature of terrorism. Deepening the cooperation in security and defence with Malaysia, he stressed on the “ceaseless” terror attempts against India. PM Modi also complimented his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak for providing leadership in combating extremism and radicalisation.

PM Modi met with the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Monday during his visit to the country to attend the ASEAN and East Asia Summits. The two signed MoUs on cyber security, culture and public administration.

“I am particularly grateful to you for our security cooperation. It underlines our shared commitment to deal with our security challenges. We will continue to deepen our cooperation in this area,” the Prime Minister said in a joint press briefing after his talks with Malaysian PM Najib at Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur.

“Not to mention the ceaseless terrorist attempts against India and Afghanistan are a reminder of the global nature of this threat,” PM Modi added.

During the press briefing, the Prime Minister strongly opined that terrorism is the “biggest threat” to the world and it should be delinked from religion. Talking about security and defence cooperation, PM Modi said both countries will make it stronger, including for advancing maritime security and strengthening disaster response in the region.

PM-Modi-Malaysia“I am pleased that we have agreed to upgrade our joint exercises and set up the SU-30 Forum,” he said, adding “Our agreement to cooperate in cyber security is very important. As our lives get more networked, this is emerging as one of the most serious concerns of our age.”

Also noting that the two back-to-back airline tragedies could sap the morale of any nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he commends Prime Minister Najib’s leadership and the resolve and resilience of the Malaysian people.

Shifting the subject to bilateral trade and investment relations between the two nations, the Prime Minister expressed confidence of taking the bilateral strategic partnership to a new level.

“We intend to exploit the full potential of our bilateral agreements and the India-ASEAN agreements. We look forward to an early conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement,” he said.

Speaking at the joint press briefing, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib said a new convention centre will be built in New Delhi under government to government contract.

Noting that Malaysian competence in infrastructure is well known and that Malaysia has completed several important projects, including in the road sector, in India, PM Modi sought to even enhance the Malaysian participation in areas such as expansion and upgrading of infrastructure, Make in India, and Smart Cities projects.

“Indian companies have a strong presence in Malaysia. IRCON is contributing to development of rail infrastructure here. We want to raise the level of Indian presence in the Malaysian economy,” he said.

The Prime Minister also said that both India and Malaysia will place special emphasis on cultural and people-to-people ties.

“I am very pleased with our excellent and growing cooperation in Traditional Medicine, including Ayurveda and Siddha,” Prime Minister Modi said inviting Malaysian students to study in India and urged early conclusion of an agreement on Mutual Recognition of Degrees.

(With inputs from the PTI)