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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told a delegation of the members of the European Union Parliament that close international cooperation is essential to fight terror. He also said that urgent action is needed against those supporting and sponsoring terrorism.

Twenty-eight MPs called on the Prime Minister in New Delhi today. PM Modi asserted that there should be zero tolerance for terrorism. The delegation will visit Jammu and Kashmir. PM Modi said the visit should give the MPs a better understanding of the cultural and religious diversity of the regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. PM Modi expressed hope that it will give them a clear view of the development and governance priorities of the region.

Referring to India’s relations with the EU, the Prime Minister said New Delhi attaches the highest importance to its relations with the bloc.

Pointing out that the EU is India’s largest trade partner and source of foreign direct investment, PM Modi said the early conclusion of a fair and balanced Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA) is a priority for his government.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the jump in India’s position in Ease of Doing Business rankings from 142 in 2014 to 63 now. PM Modi also underlined the focus of the government on ensuring Ease of Living for all Indians. He mentioned the success of key government programmes such as Swachh Bharat and Ayushman Bharat.

PM Modi reiterated India’s commitment to eliminate TB by 2025, five years before the global target. The Prime Minister also talked about steps taken for environment protection and conservation, including enhanced renewable energy targets and movement against single-use plastics.

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