Europe News: European partners are important companions in India’s quest for peace and prosperity: PM Modi

Ahead of his visit to Germany, Denmark and France, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that his trip to Europe comes at a time when the region faces many challenges and choices, and that he intends to strengthen the spirit cooperation with India’s European partners.

In a statement, Modi said he would travel to Berlin on May 2 at the invitation of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, after which he would travel to Copenhagen on May 3-4 at the invitation of his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen to hold bilateral commitments and also participate in the second Indo-Nordic Summit.

On his way back to India, Modi said, he will make a brief stopover in Paris for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

“My visit to Europe comes at a time when the region faces many challenges and choices,” Modi said.

“Through my commitments, I intend to strengthen the spirit of cooperation with our European partners, who are important companions in India’s quest for peace and prosperity,” the Prime Minister said in his departure statement.

The visit comes amid the Ukraine crisis, which has united much of Europe against Russia.

Detailing his commitments, Modi said his visit to Berlin will be an opportunity to hold detailed bilateral talks with Chancellor Scholz, whom he met at the G20 last year in his previous capacity as vice-chancellor and finance minister. .

“We will co-chair the 6th India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC), a unique biennial format that India only conducts together with Germany. Several Indian ministers will also visit Germany and hold consultations with their German counterparts,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister said he sees this IGC as an early engagement with the new German government, within six months of its formation, which will be useful in identifying medium and long-term priorities.

In 2021, India and Germany commemorated 70 years of establishing diplomatic relations and have been strategic partners since 2000, he noted.

“I look forward to exchanging views with Chancellor Scholz on strategic, regional and global developments that concern us both,” Modi said.

Noting that India’s long-standing business ties with Germany are one of the pillars of their strategic partnership, Modi said he and Chancellor Scholz will also jointly take part in a business roundtable with the aim of boost their industry-to-industry cooperation, which will help strengthen the post-Covid economic recovery in both countries.

“Continental Europe is home to more than a million people of Indian origin, and Germany has a significant proportion of this diaspora. The Indian diaspora is an important anchor in our relations with Europe and I will take advantage therefore of my visit to the continent to meet our brothers and sisters there,” the Prime Minister said.

From Berlin, Modi said, he will travel to Copenhagen where he will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Frederiksen which will provide an opportunity to review the progress of India’s unique “green strategic partnership” with Denmark, as well as other aspects of bilateral relations. .

“I will also participate in the India-Denmark business roundtable and interact with the Indian community in Denmark,” Modi said.

Apart from the bilateral engagements with Denmark, Modi said he will also attend the 2nd Indo-Nordic Summit with the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway, where they will update on cooperation since the first Indo-Nordic summit. in 2018.

“The summit will focus on topics such as post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, innovation and technology, renewable energy, changing global security scenario and Indo-Nordic cooperation in the Arctic region. “, Modi said.

On the sidelines of the summit, the Prime Minister said he would also meet the leaders of the other four Nordic countries and review the progress of India’s bilateral relations with them.

Noting that the Nordic countries are important partners for India in sustainability, renewable energy, digitalization and innovation, he said the visit will help expand India’s multifaceted cooperation with the Nordic region. .

“On my return trip, I will stop in Paris to meet my friend President Macron. President Macron was re-elected very recently, and my visit just 10 days after the result will not only allow me to convey my personal congratulations to – person, but also reaffirm the close friendship between the two countries,” Modi said.

“It will also give us the opportunity to set the tone for the next phase of the India-France strategic partnership. President Macron and I will share assessments on various regional and global issues and provide updates on ongoing bilateral cooperation,” he said. he declared.

Modi said he firmly believes that two countries that share such a similar vision and values ​​for the world order should work closely with each other.

Government sources said on Saturday that on his first overseas visit this year, Prime Minister Modi will have 25 eventful engagements during his three-day trip to as many countries where he will spend around 65 hours.