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Bilateral Current Affairs June 4th Week 2016
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1) India and Tunisia ink two MoUs
  • India and Tunisia sign two MoUs on promotion of handicrafts and IT and and digital economy; In the final leg of his two-nation trip, Vice President Hamid Ansari held talks with Prime Minister Habib Essid; both leaders discussed issue of spreading terrorism.
  • In an effort to increase mutual cooperation, India and Tunisia have signed two MoUs on promotion of handicrafts and IT and communication and digital economy.
  • Vice President Hamid Ansari met Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid and held one-on-one talks which were followed by the delegation-level talks between the two sides. Both leaders discussed a range of issues of mutual and regional interests.
  • The two sides also discussed the issue of spreading tide of extremism and terrorism. India will also train 350 Tunisian students in next five years.
  • The two sides will promote each other`s traditional handicraft and increase mutual cooperation in the IT and related sectors, including digital economy. Vice President appreciated Tunisia`s support for India`s candidature to the UN Security Council.
  • Tunisian Prime Minister also highlighted India`s relations with his country in various fields including auto-sector, agriculture and IT. He said that the meeting of the India-Tunisia Joint Committee will be held later this year.
  • The Vice President also visited Zaitouna Mosque, Bardo Museum and the House of Representatives. Zaitouna Mosque is the oldest one in Tunis. Tunisia has has suffered major terror attacks. As a mark of solidarity Vice President visited the Bardo museum which was under attack last year in March.
  • The Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the incident that left 24 people dead, including 20 foreign tourists.


2) PM Modi, Afghanistan Prez Ghani jointly inaugurate Afghan-India Friendship Dam

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on 4th June jointly inaugurated the Afghan India Friendship Dam, earlier know as Salma Dam in Herat.
  • Prime Minister Modi thanked President Ghani for naming the dam as Afghan-India Friendship Dam. Mr Modi said, brave people of Afghanistan are sending a message that the forces of destruction and death, denial and domination shall not prevail.}
  • The Prime Minister was also conferred with the highest civilian honor of Afghanistan, Ghazi Amanullah Khan medal.


3) India, Singapore agree to enhance scale of military interaction

  • India and Singapore on 3rd June held the first dialogue between their defence ministers as they agreed to enhance the scale and complexity of existing bilateral military interaction, at a time when freedom of navigation in international waterways has emerged as a major concern.
  • The first Defence Ministers` Dialogue (DMD) between Manohar Parrikar and his Singaporean counterpart Ng Eng Hen marked raising of bilateral defence cooperation to the highest level. Both countries had very detailed discussions and have have agreed on expanding the interaction between the armed forces and defence R&D and industry participation under (the) `Make in India` (initiative),"
  • "Under (the) `Make in India` initiative, the industry-to- industry cooperation has already begun and it is showing positive response.
  • The agreement will also see Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) working with a Singapore research agency on research-oriented projects.
  • A joint statement issued after the meeting said both ministers committed to enhance the scale and complexity of existing bilateral exercises between the militaries. The minister emphasised the importance of international cooperation in tackling transnational security threats.
  • In particular, both ministers strongly condemned terrorism, and renewed their commitment to cooperation in counter terrorism efforts besides emphasising the importance of safeguarding maritime security in international waterways.
  • Freedom of navigation in international waterways like the disputed South China Sea has emerged as a concern for many countries including the US, which has sent warships and military planes to challenge territorial claims by China over the strategic waters. In response, China has deployed fighter jets and ships to track and warn off US ships. Looking at the region, Parrikar also stressed India`s stand on disputes in the South China Sea, saying "solutions should be found peacefully.