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Fighting terror on Modi’s agenda: envoy


New Delhi, March 24, 2016: Fighting terror would be center-stage when Prime Minister Narendra di visits the country next Wednesday, said Jan Luyx Belgian Ambassador to India. The terror attacks in Brussels that left at least 35 dead and 260 injured will not change Belgium’s commitment to freedoms.

A day after the attacks in Brussels, he told The Hindu in an exclusive interview that, “The fight against terrorism was always going to be a topic of discussion (during Mr. Modi’s visit), and certainly now will be one of the main topics of discussion.”

India confirmed that Mr. Modi would go ahead with his visit on March 30, hours after the attacks on Tuesday.

‘Terror a common challenge’

Mr. Modi’s visit is a “very important one” and would enhance cooperation in serval fields, including in the fight against terror and bilateral trade and investment, said Mr. Luyx in an interview to The Hindu.

The discussions between Mr. Mosi and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel would be an “exchange of ideas on how to tackle these challenges. We have been confronted with this problem, and so has India”, he said referring to the terror attacks in Brussels. A moment of silence for the victims of the attacks at the Belgian Embassy was led by the Ambassador on Wednesday.

Belgium has gone under feedback from European experts for not having more strict controls on migration, and better policing of its neighborhoods, particularly those like Molenbeek where Muslim outsider groups of those blamed for the dread assaults in Paris and Brussels lived. The feedback was rehashed after the capture of Salah Abdeslam. As per government measurements, Belgium, among EU countries, represents the most elevated number of remote IS warriors present in Syria and Iraq. On Tuesday night, Mr. Michel said in an announcement that Belgium would not bargain on its arrangements, and withstood weights to proclaim a crisis in the nation, or to suspend Internet administrations.

Asked whether Belgium had been insufficiently arranged for the assaults notwithstanding the measurements, Mr. Luykx said: “At whatever point a terrorist assault succeeds anyplace, that implies they have found a path around efforts to establish safety. The police have done an incredible work previously, including having busted a fear ring a year ago in the city of Verviers [January 2015]. So it is absolutely not that they aren’t competent. Obviously, the test is tremendous, and it is something all European nations are confronting. Presently we are at the focal point of Europe, keep in mind we are at the junction of Europe, which implies that many people originate from Belgium, numerous individuals coming are from of various foundations and with various inspirations.”