Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his visits to Germany, Denmark and France from Monday will serve to strengthen the spirit of cooperation with India’s European partners at a time when the region is facing many challenges and choices.
“My visit to Europe comes at a time when the region is facing many challenges and choices. 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, ”he said in a departure statement ahead of his visit on Sunday.
The visit is also likely to be an opportunity for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss with his European counterparts the consequences of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine and appropriate responses to it.
Modi will begin his visit to Berlin on Monday, where he is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Modi and Scholz had met each other last year at the G20, where the latter had participated in his former capacity as vice chancellor and finance minister. The two leaders will jointly chair the 6th India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC). Several Indian ministers will also travel to Germany and hold consultations with their German colleagues.
“I see this Intergovernmental Conference as an early engagement with the new government in Germany within six months of its formation, which will be useful in identifying our medium- and long-term priorities,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister will next travel to Copenhagen to hold discussions with the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, where the two will review the progress of the bilateral ‘Green Strategic Partnership’, among other aspects of existing relations. Modi will also participate in the India-Denmark Business Roundtable and interact with the Indian community in Denmark.
In Denmark, Modi will also participate in the 2nd India-Nordic Summit together with Prime Ministers from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway. “The summit will focus on topics such as post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, innovation and technology, renewable energy, the evolving global security scenario and India-Nordic co-operation in the Arctic region,” he said.
The Prime Minister’s last stop will be in Paris, where he will meet President Emmanuel Macron, who has recently been re-elected. “President Macron and I will share assessments on various regional and global issues and will take stock of ongoing bilateral cooperation. It is my firm belief that two countries that share such a similar vision and values for global order must work closely together, ”Modi said.
May 1, 2022