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Terrorism can’t be fought selectively: PM

New Delhi: Terrorism has to be fought on all fronts and not selectively, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday.

The prime minister told a news conference also addressed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel here that terrorism posed “a serious challenge” to the world.

But it “has to be fought on all fronts and not selectively”, he said, in a message clearly directed at the US.

Manmohan Singh said that he and the German chancellor discussed the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, including the Libyan unrest and their impact on global peace and security.

Afghanistan and Pakistan also figured in the discussions during the chancellor’s day-long visit, her second to New Delhi since 2007, he said.

“We have had very useful and wide-ranging discussions,” he said.

Manmohan Singh sought greater German investment in India, particularly in the areas of infrastructure, high technology, energy and basic applied sciences.

India, he said, “offers a stable and friendly investment climate”.

Germany is New Delhi’s largest trading partner in Europe and is among the largest foreign investors in India.

India is keen to strengthen its strategic partnership with Germany, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.

“We look forward to further strengthening our strategic partnership,” Manmohan Singh said here while addressing a joint press conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The prime minister said the two leaders discussed the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Middle East and Libya.

Earlier, four agreements regarding cooperation in different fields, including science, bio-technology and nano technology, were signed in the presence of the two leaders.

Chancellor Merkel, accompanied by a high-level team, arrived in New Delhi Tuesday on a one-day official visit.

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