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Day 1 of Shri Modi’s Japan visit sees the Chief Minister meet top political leadership of Japan

Shri Modi meets top Japanese Ministers as well as former PM Mr. Shinzo Abe who he had met in his last visit to Japan in 2007

Shri Modi addresses JETRO Investment Seminar

After the Seminar, Shri Modi engages with the media on multiple domestic and international issues


The first day of Shri Narendra Modi’s historic Japan trip was a hectic and fruitful one as he met the top echelons of Japan’s political leadership and attended the Investment Seminar of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). In between, he also interacted with the media in a comprehensive interview during which he spoke of a range of issues.

Shri Modi met with Mr. Yukio Edano, the Minister for Trade and Industry. During the interaction the Chief Minister also presented the Honorable Minister with a copy of his book ‘Convenient Action’ that talks about how Gujarat has been mitigating the challenge of climate change.

The Chief Minister met former Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Shinzo Abe. Mr. Abe is a senior politician who served as the Prime Minister of Japan from 2006-2007. It may be recalled that when Shri Modi visited Japan in 2007 he had met Mr. Abe who was the PM then.

Another dignitary who met Shri Modi on his first day was Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.


Shri Modi also met Mr. Yuichiro Hata, the Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.


In the evening, Shri Modi attended the JETRO Investment Seminar. In an inspiring Speech, the Chief Minister touched upon a variety of issues from economic cooperation to the deep-rooted ties between India and Japan. He said that both India and Japan have historic relations with Lord Buddha being a guiding force. He termed the ties between Gujarat and Japan as a regular affair and thanked JETRO for the positive role it had played in strengthening ties between Gujarat and Japan. He added that he wanted to create a ‘mini Japan’ in Gujarat in a way that the people of Japan would feel as if they have come to their own out house.

Speaking to the media after the JETRO seminar, Shri Modi touched on a variety of issues. He said he was honored by the special reception he had received at the hands of the Japanese authorities. He spoke about the uniqueness of the Gujarat model of development adding that policies in Gujarat are thought of with a long-term basis for the good of all. He expressed happiness that the Gujarat model of development has been acknowledged both in India and across the world.

During the interaction, Shri Modi said that his duty is to serve the 60 million people of Gujarat who had reposed faith in the Government and work towards securing a fresh mandate from the people as the state goes to the polls December this year. He expressed confidence that a BJP-led NDA Government would come to power whenever elections were held.

Shri Modi was also asked about the violence at Manesar, which he termed as unfortunate. He added that he is confident that the Government of Haryana would find a solution to the on going problems.


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Trade and beyond: a new impetus to the EU-India Partnership

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Trade and beyond: a new impetus to the EU-India Partnership

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May 08, 2021
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At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.