India, Hungary back global legal framework to fight terrorism

BUDAPEST: India and Hungary have pitched for setting up a strong global legal framework and sustained international action to eliminate the scourge of terrorism

“There has been a meeting of minds between our two sides that the scourge of terrorism needs to be eliminated and there is a need for a strong global legal framework and concerted action by all in dealing with this threat,” Vice President Hamid Ansari said at a joint press conference with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban after the two countries signed two MoUs, including one on water management.

Ansari is on a three-day visit to Hungary as part of his two-nation five-day trip to central Europe and North Africa. However, the Hungarian Prime Minister did not refer the issue of terrorism directly but said Budapest favours peaceful resolution of international political issues. Without referring to any specifics, Orban expressed Hungary’s full support to India’s “international aspirations”. Ansari expressed India’s appreciation for the support extended by Hungary to India’s membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime and for the entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group. The Vice-President said relations between India and Hungary are friendly, multi-faceted and have a cultural resonance besides both the countries being thriving democracies and dynamic economies. “I had an excellent meeting with the Prime Minister of Hungary. We had an opportunity to review the entire gamut of our bilateral relations as well as share views on global and regional issues,” he said.—PTI

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