REFILING: India, Britain to enhance cooperation in trade, security, defense
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NEW DELHI, Jul. 29, 2010 (Kyodo News International) --

India and Britain agreed Thursday to enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, defense, security, civil nuclear energy, education and infrastructure.

Following a meeting between visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh that was followed by a delegation-level meeting, the two sides issued a joint statement in which they also committed to boost cooperation in fight against terrorism.

Sharing India's concern over terror activities from Pakistan's soil, Cameron said his country will mount pressure on Islamabad to crack down all terror outfits operating in its territory.

Later in a joint press conference, Singh expressed hope that Pakistan will honor its commitments that it will not allow its soil to be used against India.

Regarding bilateral issues, Singh said India hopes to double its trade with Britain in next five years.

The two sides agreed to increase trade and significantly raise investment between the two countries, the joint statement said. In this connection, they agreed to set up a new bilateral chief executive officers forum.

They also discussed ways to enhance investment in infrastructure in India.

The two leaders held detailed discussions on global security and Britain agreed on the importance of reforming the U.N. Security Council.

They also agreed to establish a bilateral future leaders network to increase people-to-people contacts.



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