Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai)

India,eu ink nuclear cooperatio­n pact

- Rezaul H Laskar letters@hindustant­imes.com

NEW DELHI: India and the European Union (EU) on Tuesday signed a civil nuclear cooperatio­n agreement on the eve of a virtual summit, while Europol and the Central Bureau of Investigat­ion (CBI) are negotiatin­g a working arrangemen­t to combat organised crime and terrorism.

The agreement between the European Atomic Energy Community

or Euratom and Indian authoritie­s will focus on cooperatio­n between EU’S research programmes on new ways of using nuclear energy and similar activities on the Indian side, EU officials said during a briefing for journalist­s.

“The agreement is on research and developmen­t cooperatio­n for peaceful uses of nuclear energy, which was negotiated for 13 years and finally can be cemented by the summit,” said one of the EU officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The India-eu Summit, to be co-chaired on Wednesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, is expected to focus on strengthen­ing multilater­alism and global institutio­ns in the face of the rise of an increasing­ly assertive China.

The leadership of both sides are expected to reiterate their strong commitment to combat terrorism in all forms during the summit, the EU officials said. The European Union Agency for Law Enforcemen­t Cooperatio­n or Europol and CBI are negotiatin­g a working arrangemen­t that will support law enforcemen­t authoritie­s of EU member states and India to prevent and combat organised crime and terror, they said.

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