By Fergal MacErlean • 25 April 2022 • 12:46
Image: Narendra Modī and Ursula von der Leyen.
Credit: Christophe Licoppe, European Union, 2022
Von der Leyen was scheduled to meet President Ram Nath Kovind among other leaders.
The crisis in Ukraine, as well as ways to deepen EU-India cooperation, are set to figure prominently in her talks with Indian leaders.
In a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi on Monday, April 25, von der Leyen said: “It is the 60th anniversary of relations between the EU and India. Today, our relationship is more important than ever.
“We are vibrant democracies, we both support wholeheartedly the rules-based international order and we have both large economies, and we are both facing a challenging global landscape.
“ For the European Union, the partnership with India is one of our most important relationships for the coming decade and strengthening this partnership is a priority.
“That is why I am pleased that today Prime Minister Modi and I have agreed to establish an EU-India Trade and Technology Council.
“The EU has only one TTC so far – with the US, and I think it is telling that we now establish the second one with India.
“Also because India is technologically a powerhouse, and in the trade sector we need to unleash an enormous amount of untapped potential.”
Earlier, External Affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar called on Von der Leyen. Both of them discussed taking forward India-EU partnership.
They exchanged views on the economic and political implications of the Ukraine conflict. Von der Leyen said strengthening the partnership is a key priority for this decade.
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Originally from Dublin, Fergal is based on the eastern Costa del Sol and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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