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India, EU Enter into 'Strategic Partnership'

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh continues his four-day visit to the Netherlands for talks with Dutch and European Union leaders and European businessmen.

On Monday, Mr. Singh and Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, agreed to establish what the two sides called a "strategic partnership" between India and the European Union.

At the India-EU summit, Mr. Singh said India and the European Union are natural allies. He said the two sides will increase cooperation against terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and enhance bilateral trade.

The agreement puts India on par with Canada, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, all of which have strategic partnerships with the European Union.