India and Jordan inked 12 pacts on Thursday in the capital after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and King Abdullah of Jordan, including a MoU on defence cooperation that envisages a framework for cooperation areas such as "training, defence industry, counter-terrorism, military studies, cyber security, military medical services and peace-keeping".
Indian democracy is a celebration of our age old plurality, Prime Minister Modi said at the conference. "The message of peace and love has spread from India to other countries".
The topic - "Islamic heritage; Promoting Understanding and Moderation" has been selected by the king himself, the sources said.
Sandeep Jajodia, President, ASSOCHAM & Chairman, Monnet Group, noted that Indian businesses can take advantage of Jordan???s strategic location and free trade agreements by making Jordan a hub of textile exports from India.
He also emphasized the need to "recognize and reject the misinformation groups promote about Islam, or indeed any religion".
Further stressing on India's heritage and values, PM Modi added that the message of religions and morals are the basis on which we challenge violent and terror elements.
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Apart from defense and cybersecurity, the two countries signed agreements focusing on cooperation in health, information technology, and setting up mining and production of phosphate in Jordan for use by India.
The two leaders discussed a gamut of issues ranging from Syrian refugees to Palestine and resolved to enhance cooperation in the economic sphere, T S Tirumurti, secretary (economic relations) in the external affairs ministry, told reporters.
"Because of their actions, very few non-Muslims understand the real difference between Islam as it has always been, and the distorted perversions of the religion today", he said. "It is between the murderers of our faith and against extremists whose faith is hate and violence".
Modi released Abdullah's cousin Prince Ghazi bin Mohammad's book A Thinking Person's Guide to Islam, which has a chapter on "Crisis of ISIS" that explains how India's moderate Islam has largely guarded it from extremism. "Rather, it is aimed against that mindset that is misleading our youth into torturing innocent people".
Agreeing with Mr. Modi, King Abdullah said it was time to "take back the airwaves and Internet from the voices of hatred".
India, the prime minister added, had been a "cradle of all major religions in the world".
King Abdullah arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday on three-day state visit to India.