Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a summit meeting with the Heads of State and Government of India-EU, in which the status and health preparedness of Kovid-19, protection of earth and Promote green development, Climate change, modernization of the economy and other issues were discussed in detail. Prime Minister Narendra Modi communicated with leaders of EU member states in the format of +27. Prime Minister Modi attended the European Council meeting as a special invitee at the invitation of President Charles Mitchell.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi held discussions with all leaders of EU countries and the President of the European Council.” He said that for the first time the Prime Minister held a meeting with leaders in the format of EU + 27. It is a reflection of the strong political will between India and the European Union.
After the Foreign Ministry said that India and the European Union (EU) have agreed to resume negotiations for a balanced, ambitious and overall trade agreement.
The ministry said that India and the European Union agreed to start negotiations on a ‘stand-alone’ investment protection agreement. At the same time, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said in his tweet that in the summit, the members of the European Union showed solidarity in the real sense.
A joint statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs regarding the meeting of the leaders of the India-EU states, “Today’s meeting outlined values and principles such as common interests, democracy, freedom, rule of law and respect for human rights.” Which is the core of our strategic partnership. ”
Both sides commended the momentum since the last summit meeting in July 2020 and the partnership between them in recent times. The joint statement said that in this context, the two sides have agreed to implement the working points set for the Indo-European Union Framework 2025 and to take forward the new decisions taken today.
It added, “We agreed that India and the EU, as the world’s largest democracies, have a common interest in ensuring security, prosperity and sustainable development in a multi-polar world.”
According to the statement, the two sides agreed to further the progress made in this direction and jointly contribute towards a safer, greener, more digital and stable world on the agenda of sustainable development and the Paris Agreement 2030.
According to the ministry, documents were signed between the two sides regarding the India-EU partnership and the Pune Metro Rail project. The two sides also discussed the status of Kovid-19 and health preparedness.
“We understand the difficult circumstances caused by the epidemic globally,” the statement said. We offer condolences to those who lost their lives in India, Europe and the rest of the world due to this epidemic and deepest condolences to the families of the victims. ”
Significantly, the Prime Minister was scheduled to travel to Portugal to attend the India-EU summit but the visit was postponed due to the crisis arising due to the second wave of Kovid-19 transition in the country and the two sides decided on digital It was decided to have a meeting with.
The European Union is a strategically important group for India and has been India’s largest trading partner in 2018. India’s bilateral trade with the European Union was $ 115.6 billion in 2018-19, with exports of $ 57.17 billion and imports of $ 58.42 billion.