External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a high profile meeting with the top leaders of the European Union and held wide-ranging talks on several issues, including economic cooperation, climate change as well as capacity building. According to the ministers, the meeting will be beneficial both for India and the EU.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting the India-EU summit next month in Brussels. To prepare the ground for the event, Mr Jaishankar, who was in Germany during the weekend, arrived in Brussels. The foreign minister met EU Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen. Both of them discussed experiences in capacity building and development partnerships.
Mr Jaishankar tweeted, “Coordination on these issues would be to the benefit of both India and EU.”
The foreign minister further stated, “Thank the attending Foreign Ministers, Ambassadors & senior officials and most of all, HR (High Representative) @JosepBorrellF. Looking forward to working together to strengthen this key partnership.”
Mr Jaishankar also met EU Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan and “exchanged views on the prospects for India-EU economic cooperation.” Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, was praised by him for the EU and EU-India relations and expressed confidence that “his (Michel) leadership can translate that into substantive outcomes.”
The Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans and Mr Jaishankar held a very “engaging” conversation discussing experiences over the environment, climate change, and sustainability.
“The interaction covered political, economic and social issues. Noted their deep interest in India and our relations with the EU,” he tweeted.