In his first journey overseas this yr, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a three-day go to to Germany, Denmark and France from May 2 amid the disaster in Ukraine and Europe’s agency method to coping with it.
Announcing the go to, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday mentioned the prime minister will first journey to Germany, then go to Denmark and may have a short cease over in Paris on his return journey on May 4.
In Paris, Modi will maintain talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, who was re-elected to the highest submit on Monday after he defeated rival Marine Le Pen within the fiercely-fought presidential election.
“In Berlin, the prime minister will hold bilateral talks with Olaf Scholz, Federal Chancellor of Germany, and the two leaders will co-chair the sixth edition of the India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC),” the MEA mentioned in a press release.
It can be Modi’s first assembly with Chancellor Scholz who took cost of the highest workplace from his predecessor Angela Merkel in December final yr.
The Russian aggression in Ukraine is more likely to determine in Modi’s talks with the European leaders in all three international locations.
Reflecting the EU’s powerful method in coping with the Russian aggression, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned on the Raisina Dialogue on Monday that Europe will make it possible for Moscow’s “unprovoked and unjustified” aggression towards Ukraine can be a “strategic failure.
India has not yet publicly condemned the Russian attack on Ukraine and has been calling for the resolution of the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy.
“During his go to, the prime minister and Chancellor Scholz would additionally collectively handle a enterprise occasion. The prime minister will handle and work together with the Indian neighborhood in Germany,” the MEA said.
In 2021, India and Germany commemorated 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations and the two countries have been strategic partners since 2000.
“This go to can be a chance to boost and intensify cooperation in a broad vary of areas and for the 2 governments to alternate views on regional and international issues of mutual curiosity,” the MEA said.
From Germany, Modi will travel to Copenhagen at the invitation of the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. He will also participate in the second India-Nordic summit being hosted by Denmark.
The MEA said the bilateral component of the visit will include talks with Frederiksen as well as an audience with Queen Margrethe II.
“The inexperienced strategic partnership was the primary of its type association between India and Denmark. The go to would supply each side a chance to evaluation its progress, in addition to look at methods to additional increase our multifaceted cooperation,” the MEA said.
“During the go to, Prime Minister will attend an India-Denmark Business Forum and likewise handle members of the Indian diaspora,” it said.
At the India-Nordic summit, Modi will also interact with other Nordic leaders including Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir of Iceland, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre of Norway, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden and Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland.
The MEA said 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.
“On his return journey on May 4, the prime minister will briefly cease over in Paris and meet Emmanuel Macron, President of France,” the MEA said.
“India and France are celebrating 75 years of their diplomatic relations this yr and the assembly between the 2 leaders will set a extra formidable agenda of the strategic partnership,” it mentioned.