PM Modi Europe Visit: Discussion on Ukraine crisis and bilateral relations between Modi-Macron, India will increase closer to EU countries, PM leaves for home

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for India from Paris early Thursday after concluding his three-day official visit to Germany, Denmark and France. During this time he held several bilateral meetings to promote relations in many areas including trade, energy and green technology.

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Earlier, PM Modi reached Paris on the last leg of his three-nation Europe tour. Modi was given a grand welcome here. French President Macron warmly embraced him. Macron’s wife Bridget Macron was also present during this. PM Modi congratulated Macron on being re-elected as President.

PM Modi tweeted, “As always, a pleasure to meet my friend President Emmanuel Macron. We had long talks on bilateral and global issues. India and France are proud development partners with our partnership spanning various sectors.”

In another tweet, Modi said, “My visit to France was brief but very fruitful. President Emmanuel Macron and I had the opportunity to discuss various subjects. I thank him and the Government of France for the warm hospitality.”

Modi and Macron also held private talks at the Elysee Palace, the official residence of the French President, before the delegation-level talks between the two leaders took place.

The PMO tweeted, PM Modi and President Macron’s meeting will add new dimensions to the friendship between the two countries. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “Meeting of two friends. This is the first meeting between the two leaders after Macron was re-elected as president. Modi’s visit coincided with the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties with France. Come, let us know here which issues were discussed between the two leaders.

  • After the delegation level talks, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited French President Emmanuel Macron to visit India at the earliest. External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar also met his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian during the visit.
  • The two leaders discussed a range of bilateral, global and regional issues in the wake of Russia’s military action against Ukraine.
  • PM Modi held wide-ranging discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron on a range of issues of bilateral, regional and global importance during his brief visit to Paris. It also talked about enhancing the existing strength and success of the India-French strategic partnership.
  • During this, the issue of Indo-Pacific and Ukraine crisis also arose. The two leaders also discussed regional and global issues in the wake of Russia’s military action against Ukraine.
  • The two leaders held wide-ranging discussions on all major areas of bilateral relations including defence, space, civil nuclear cooperation and people-to-people ties. India and France recognized that they see each other as key partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • India and France had a broad understanding of each other’s position in relation to Ukraine. The two leaders agreed that close coordination and engagement is important so that both India and France can play a constructive role in the evolving situation.
  • Both the countries agreed that the round of meeting should continue. This meeting will give further impetus to Indo-French friendship.
  • The talks between President Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi took place in a very good atmosphere. The leaders of both the countries openly spoke to each other.

Indian community gave a grand welcome to Modi in Paris

On the last leg of his Europe tour, PM Narendra Modi was warmly received by the Indian community in France. There was a crowd of Indians outside the hotel where Modi was to stay. There were also a large number of children in it and they asked for autographs from the PM.

PM Modi holds meeting with Prime Ministers of Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Ministers of European countries Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland to discuss further strengthening India’s ties with these countries.

India will increase cooperation on green and renewable energy with European countries

Global and regional issues were also discussed in these meetings, which took place before the conference of the Nordic countries. Discussions with all the Prime Ministers talked about increasing bilateral cooperation, mainly on green and renewable energy.

PM said – Norway is a strong pillar of Arctic policy

Modi, who arrived in Denmark on Tuesday, first met Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gaar Store on Wednesday. After the meeting, PM Modi tweeted, Had a fruitful meeting with Prime Minister Jonas. During this, we discussed further increasing our cooperation in the areas of Blue Economy, Clean Energy, Space, Healthcare and Sectors. Norway is a strong pillar of the Arctic policy announced by India recently.

Relations with Sweden will be strengthened in security and research

In a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersen, the two leaders reviewed the Joint Action Plan for cooperation in renewable energy, defence, trade and investment, smart cities, women’s skill development, space and science, and health. It was decided to make this action plan during Modi’s visit to Sweden in 2018. After the meeting, PM Modi tweeted, We talked about increasing bilateral cooperation on issues like security, IT, research and innovation. Strong relations between the two countries are in the interest of our people. The Ministry of External Affairs said after the meeting that the two leaders expressed satisfaction with the progress of India-Sweden’s ‘Lead IT’ initiative on climate change.

A bird made of Banarasi enamel presented to the young lady of Denmark

Modi presented a silver bird made from Banarasi enamel to the young Marie of Denmark. The heritage of Meenakari on silver in Varanasi is 500 years old. Modi gifted a lacquered painting of Kutch in Gujarat to Queen Margaret II of Denmark. He presented a craft from Rajasthan to Finland’s PM Sana Marin. Shields from Rajasthan’s Koftgiri art and wall hangings decorated with Kutch embroidery were presented to the Prime Ministers of Norway and Denmark respectively. Presented Jammu and Kashmir Pashmina Stole to the Prime Minister of Sweden.

Iceland to speed up process of India-EU FTA

Considered increasing cooperation with Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir on issues of geothermal energy, the marine economy, the Arctic, renewable energy, fisheries, food processing, education, digital universities and culture.

Cooperation on future technology with Finland: PM met Finland PM Sanna Marin and discussed strengthening bilateral ties in the field of trade, investment, technology. Modi said that there is immense potential for digital partnership, trade and investment between the two countries.

Modi’s fifth visit to France

This is the fifth visit of Prime Minister Modi to France. He has previously visited France in April 2015, November 2015, June 2017 and August 2019. Macron had visited India in March 2018. Apart from this, both the leaders have met three times on the sidelines of the G20 meeting.

Important diplomatic message of France tour now

Diplomatic sources said Modi’s visit to France soon after Macron’s victory for the second term as president has important diplomatic cues. This suggests that the two leaders want the Indo-French partnership to be the guiding principle of their foreign policy in the years to come. It also shows the personal relationship between the two leaders.

Macron has been constantly trying to solve the Ukraine crisis

Macron is one of the few world leaders who have been in touch with President Putin since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and have been trying to find a solution to the crisis. On Tuesday too, he spoke to Putin and appealed as a permanent member of the Security Council to understand responsibility and end the attack.

Can contribute more to the prosperity of the world: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that together India and the Nordic countries can contribute more to the world’s prosperity and sustainable development. The PM said this after attending the second India-Nordic summit in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark. Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and Norway together are called Nordic countries. The destabilizing effects of the Ukraine crisis and its wider regional and global ramifications were discussed at the conference. All the countries agreed to maintain close contact in the matter. Apart from Modi, Prime Ministers of other five countries were present in the conference.

The joint statement said that all the Prime Ministers are deeply concerned about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. He unequivocally condemned the civilian casualties in Ukraine and reiterated the need to stop fighting immediately.

Modi said the contemporary world order should be based on the Charter of the United Nations, international laws and respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of countries.

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