“The question of the fight against terrorism is now a universal subject and it will figure in our discussions with both the countries. Algeria is a country that has dealt with domestic terrorism successfully and we will talk about that,” said Vice President Hamid Ansari, addressing the media onboard as he began his five-day visit to Hungary and Algeria. The talks on terror assume significance in the wake of the Uri terror attack and India’s surgical strikes.
Ansari arrived in Budapest Saturday evening, and over the next two days of his visit, two MoUs will be signed with Hungary, including one on water management — the Cabinet cleared the proposal for which two days ago. “Hungary’s is a success story in how a big river can be not only clean but also be made navigable. To clean the Ganges has been a long problem and is a big project. Hungary and India have had long cultural ties. Hungary has been one of those places in Europe that have had a strong tradition of studying India… Hungary is a member of the EU and their business and industry thinks and our business and industry agrees that it would be a good place from where Indian business can operate in Europe as a whole,” he said.
After Hungary, Ansari will leave for the Algerian capital. “Algeria is an important country in Africa, North Africa and the Arab world and has played a critical role in the Arab world. Most countries have one position on Syria and Algeria has another. We have had a long relationship with them but relations have plateaued in recent years. The idea is to pump fresh life into them,” said Ansari.
India is also exploring the feasibility of setting up a fertiliser plant in Algeria in joint partnership and import the fertiliser produced there. Ansari is accompanied by Mansukhlal Mandavia, the MoS for Surface Transport and Petroleum and Chemicals.