PM Modi to carry digital summit with EU subsequent week

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9

After holding summits with Japan, China and South Korea, the European Union will maintain a digital assembly with India on July 15, the Ministry of External Affairs introduced right here on Thursday.

The 15th assembly of the India-European Union Summit will likely be co-chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of the European Council Charles Michel; and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. 

The summit will assessment India-EU cooperation overlaying political and safety relations, commerce and funding and financial cooperation.  The Summit can be anticipated to debate developments across the Covid-19 pandemic and up to date world issues of curiosity to either side.  The final India-EU Summit was held in October 2017.

In its report card on one 12 months of Modi 2.0, the MEA had spoken a couple of reorientation in the direction of Europe, a key supply for high-end know-how, although little of observe has been transferred to India. It had additionally stated how EAM S Jaishankar was getting invited to prestigious European conferences to recommend the curiosity between EU and India was mutual.     

The preparations for the long-due summit had begun final month with a digital assembly between Jaishankar and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell throughout which they’d additionally mentioned different matters together with Afghanistan, China and Iran.

The video convention was a follow-up of earlier calls by Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen to PM Modi.

PM Modi was to journey to Brussels for the summit on March 13.

The summit was not held for over two years as a consequence of a stalemate on talks for a free commerce settlement (FTA). New Delhi was eager to faucet the EU for increased know-how in addition to stave off criticism over Kashmir and Citizenship Amendment Act by positioning itself for better depth in EU-India ties. After the Covid pandemic, the EU urgently wants a step in commerce which may thaw the freeze in talks on a FTA.

Jaishankar had spoken about “Westlessness and Multilateralism’’ on the Munich Security Conference during which he highlighted the worldwide political rebalancing underway and made a case for better Western flexibility.

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