Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan

High Representative/Vice-President Borrell meets with Prime Minister Modi and Minister of External Affairs Jaishankar in first visit to the country

20/01/2020 - 13:37
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Josep Borrell concluded  his first visit to India as High Representative/Vice-President on 17 January, where he had bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Modi, Foreign Minister Jaishankar and high-level representatives of the Indian government. He also spoke at the annual Raisina Dialogue where he held several bilateral meetings with other participants.

High Representative Josep Borrell was received on Friday 17 January by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They discussed the importance of further deepening the India - European Union strategic partnership, in view of the upcoming EU - India Summit on 13 March 2020 in Brussels. They underlined their strong ties, based on the values that India and the EU share as the world’s largest democracies.

Josep Borrell had a fruitful meeting with the Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, on issues of common interest.

The meeting allowed the High Representative to discuss the main priorities of the EU-India Strategic Partnership, including preparations of the upcoming EU-India Summit and the new EU India Roadmap 2025, which is expected to be adopted on this occasion. These priorities include a strong focus on climate action, step up work on trade, investment and economic relations, along with enhanced connectivity. The High Representative and the Minister also touched upon pressing international and regional issues. They reiterated their common commitment to work more closely together in international fora and to promote effective multilateralism. High Representative Borrell invited Minister Jaishankar to address one of the upcoming meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union in Brussels.

Josep Borrell also met with the Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh. They discussed maritime security and recent defence initiatives of the European Union, such as the Permanent Structured Cooperation and the European Defence Fund. They agreed to launch a dialogue on security and defence issues between India and the European Union. High Representative Josep Borrell also discussed security aspects of the India-EU relationship yesterday with National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, Ajit Kumar Doval. They focussed in particular on issues of common concern, such as counter terrorism and cyber security.

Audiovisual coverage of the two day visit is available on Europe by Satellite (EbS). For more information on EU-India relations, consult the factsheet on the EU’s India strategy.

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