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Spain and India PMs meet to boost economic, security ties

Associated Press logo Associated Press 31/05/2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, sits with Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy before a meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday May 31, 2017. Narendra Modi is on an official visit to Spain. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) © The Associated Press Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, sits with Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy before a meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday May 31, 2017. Narendra Modi is on an official visit to Spain. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

MADRID — India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met with his Spanish counterpart, Mariano Rajoy, for talks centering on security, fighting terrorism and economic relations.

The visit Wednesday was the first time in 25 years that an Indian leader had come to Madrid to meet the head of the Spanish government.

Conservative leader Rajoy posted a note on his official Twitter account saying the two countries had the same ideas on reforming their economies and had a mutual interest in boosting bilateral investments.

Modi said the visit was aimed at improving economic and cultural relations.

Modi also had appointments later to meet King Felipe VI and then a group of Spanish business representatives.

He arrived in Spain late Tuesday from Germany. The next stops on his four-nation tour are France and Russia.

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