India, Brunei for coordinated action against terrorism

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New Delhi, May 22 (UNI) Stressing that terrorism constituted one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, India and Brunei have called upon the international community to take concerted and coordinated action to eradicate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

This was stated during bilateral discussions the visiting Sultan of Brunei had with India's leadership, an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said today.

Five agreements were signed by the two countries, including one on reciprocal promotion and protection of investments.

The other MoUs were on cooperation in information and communication technology, cooperation in culture, arts and sports, on establishment of joint trade committee and on cooperation in space research and in telemetry tracking station for satellite and launch vehicles.

The Indian side stressed the need for an MoU on labour to facilitate future manpower supply to Brunei.

Both sides noted that bilateral trade between the two coutries had gone up in 2006-07, and agreed to take steps to reach a higher level.

During his three-day visit, which began on Tuesday evening, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah held consultations with President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister A K Antony and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, the spokesman said.

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