VP Ansari heads to Hungary, Algeria; Focus on terrorism

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Vice President of India, Md. Hamid Ansari.

File photo of Vice President of India, Md. Hamid Ansari.

Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is on a five-day visit to Hungary and Algeria, will raise the issue of cross-border terrorism with both the countries.

Amid other bilateral talks, VP Ansari will focus on the issue of cross-border terrorism that is affecting India. The visit comes in the wake of the Uri terror attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir. Post the attack the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes in terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, which has raised the tension between India and Pakistan.

“Terrorism will be a major item in both Hungary and Algeria,” said Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs Sujata Mehta.

“Absolutely. This will be the major theme in all his (Vice-President) bilateral talks,”  she told reporters when asked if the Vice President will raise the matter abroad.

She also explained how terrorism was not new for Algeria as it had fought a very difficult terror group in the recent past.

“There will be meetings of minds to fight terrorism with all his interlocutors and counterparts in both the countries,” she said.

The Vice President will first visit Hungary from October 15 to 17 and then visit Algeria from October 17 to 19.

During the visit, Mehta said, VP Ansari will have bilateral meetings with Presidents of Hungary and Algeria, Prime Minister of Hungary and Speakers of the national assembly.

She said the high-level visit to Hungary comes after more than two decades when the then President Shankar Dayal Sharma had visited the central European country in 1993.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had visited India to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in 2001.

While around 50 Indian companies are operating in Hungary and have made their base to expand their businesses in other European countries, bilateral trade between India and Algeria stands at 1.5 billion per year majority of which are related to importing oil and oil products to India.

(With inputs from PTI)