My visit to Germany, Denmark, France will help strengthen cooperation with India’s …

New Delhi, May 1 (UNI) As he leaves on a three-day official visit to Germany, Denmark and France tomorrow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that through his engagements he intends to strengthen the spirit of cooperation with India’s European partners, who are important companions in India’s quest for peace and prosperity. In his departure statement, the Prime Minister said he will be visiting Berlin, Germany on May 2, at the invitation of new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, after which he will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark from May 3-4, at the invitation of Ms. Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark, to hold bilateral engagements and also participate in the Second India-Nordic Summit. On the way back to India, he will make a brief stopover in Paris, France for a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron, who has just won a second term in office. The PM said his visit to Berlin will be an opportunity to hold detailed bilateral discussions with Chancellor Scholz, whom he met at the G20 last year in his previous capacity as Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister. The two sides will co-chair the 6th India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC), a unique biennial format which India conducts only with Germany. Several Indian ministers will also travel to Germany and hold consultations with their German counterparts, the PM said. “I see this IGC as an early engagement with the new government in Germany, within six months of its formation, which will be helpful to identify our priorities for the medium and long term.” “I look forward to exchanging views with Chancellor Scholz on strategic, regional and global developments that concern us both.” The long standing commercial ties between India and Germany form one of the pillars of the bilateral Strategic Partnership, and the two leaders will also jointly address a Business Roundtable with the goal of energising industry to industry cooperation, which will help strengthen the post-Covid economic recovery in both countries, he added. He would also meet with members of the Indian diaspora in Germany. “The Indian Diaspora is an important anchor in our relations with Europe and therefore I will take the opportunity of my visit to the continent to meet our brothers and sisters there.” In Copenhagen, PM Modi will travel to Copenhagen where he will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Frederiksen “which will provide an opportunity to review the progress in our unique ‘Green Strategic Partnership’ with Denmark, as well as other aspects of our bilateral relations. I will also participate in the India-Denmark Business Roundtable as well as interact with the Indian community in Denmark”. He will also take part in the 2nd India-Nordic Summit along with the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway to take stock of the bilateral cooperation since the First India-Nordic Summit in 2018. The Summit will focus on subjects like post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, innovation and technology, renewable energy, the evolving global security scenario and India-Nordic cooperation in the Arctic region, he said. “On the sidelines of the Summit, I will also meet the leaders of the other four Nordic countries and review the progress in India’s bilateral relations with them.” “Nordic countries are important partners for India in sustainability, renewable energy, digitisation and innovation. The visit will help in expanding our multifaceted cooperation with the Nordic region,” the PM added. He said on his return journey, he will stopover in Paris “to meet my friend, President Macron”. The PM said his meeting with President Macron just ten days after his re-election “will not only allow me to convey my personal congratulations in-person, but also reaffirm the close friendship between the two countries. This will also give us the opportunity to set the tone of the next phase of the India-France Strategic Partnership,” he added. He said the two leaders 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 similar vision and values for the global order, must work in close cooperation with each other,” the PM added. “My visit to Europe comes at a time when the region faces many challenges and choices. Through my engagements, 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. UNI RN

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