Modi speaks with Qatar's Emir, underlines need to curb terrorism

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday spoke with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Ahmad bin Khalifa Al Thani, over telephone and discussed various matters of common interest.

Modi mentioned that India attached great significance to further strengthening her relations with Qatar, while thanking the Emir for his leadership and guidance to the rapid strengthening of bilateral relations, especially in recent years, an official statement said.

The two leaders also discussed the regional situation, with the Prime Minister underscoring that terrorism continues to pose serious risk to peace and security in the region and beyond.

He stressed the importance of "demonstrable and immediate action" by all concerned for putting an end to all forms of terrorism and ending all support to it.

The leaders noted the historic significance of participation of India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as Guest of Honour in the 46th Council of the Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

--IANS

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