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    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a photo opportunity at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India

    India, Egypt Agree to Strengthen Defense and Security Engagement

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    Both leaders agreed to bolster defense cooperation and promote trade and investment.

    India and Egypt have agreed to step up defense and security cooperation to deal with the growing menace of terrorism and radicalization. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi met for more than two hours in New Delhi’s Hyderabad House. Both the leaders agreed to strengthen defense and security engagements, which includes defense, trade, training of military personnel and capacity building. India and Egypt have also agreed to share intelligence inputs to combat terrorism and cooperation in the field of cyber security. Both the countries have also agreed to fight drug trafficking, transnational crime and money laundering.

    India and Egypt have also agreed to promote trade and investment and build peace and security in the region. Both the countries also signed an memorandum of understanding on maritime shipping.

    Modi and Egyptian President Al Sisi also discussed the Syrian crisis and emphasized the need for cessation of hostilities in Syria and expressed concern over the humanitarian crisis in the country. Both leaders called for a comprehensive and peaceful resolution of the Syrian conflict through a Syrian led political process.

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