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The significance of international relations and the need to focus on a comprehensive policy that facilitates cooperation among countries was spoken off by Shri Narendra Modi during his recent interview given to the ANI.

On being questioned upon the ‘muscular foreign policy’ that the BJP is likely to have, Shri Modi had said, “I do not understand what this "muscular policy" means, and have never heard of such a word in international relations. International relations are based on mutual understanding and mutual cooperation, and I do not think that anywhere in the world, and especially in this 21st century, ‘muscular politics’ can work. Be it within countries or in a democracy, muscular politics has no space. As far as India is concerned, we have the rich cultural heritage of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – the whole world is one family – and we do not endorse such a view. I strongly feel that in the future only cooperation can work, wherein we work on humanitarian causes and take efforts to help the poor. The motto for everyone across the globe must be to unite against terrorism.”

On being questioned upon giving emphasis to the ‘Look East policy’, Shri Modi had said that ‘looking at the east’ did not mean ‘ignoring the West’. “The entire world has accepted that the 21st century would be Asia’s century, and it is the duty of each and every country to have a pro-active policy towards the Eastern part of the world. It’s a fact that the future is with the countries in the Eastern part of the world. If I have a futuristic vision, it does not mean that I have to deny the West. How can I deny even the smallest country of the world? I feel that in the future the response towards India will be very high, globally.”

Shri Modi also spoke of the close relations he shared with the Singapore government, especially Mr. Goh Chok Tong, senior leader from Singapore, and cited how Singapore had partnered in the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor Summits. “Not only are we close to the people of Singapore, we are also very close to the officials and the government machinery of Singapore and I am sure that India and Singapore can do a lot of things together. If we want to do Urban development in our country, then Singapore can be a model for us,” said Shri Modi.

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

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INDIA-EU LEADERS' MEETING
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.