New Delhi, October 6: Today 14th India-Europe Summit began with an aim to boost the multi-dimensional ever-growing partnership between India and Europe. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Donald Tusk, President of European Council and Jean-Claude Juncker, President, European Commission at Hyderabad House. The visiting dignitaries also paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial at Rajghat.
President of the European Council along with President of the European Commission are on the three-day visit for this 14th EU-India Summit 2017. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also met Donald Tusk and Juncker and had the delegations level talks which discussed key issues like counter-terrorism and reviving of the Free Trade Agreement talks. The 14th India-EU Summit aims to deepen the India-EU Strategic Partnership and advance collaboration in priority areas for India's growth and development.
Prime Minister enthusiastically welcomed Tusk and Juncker and highlighted the India-Europe bilateral ties saying that “multi-dimensional partnership with the European Union is very valuable to us, and our Strategic Partnership is of great importance.”
The EU is India's largest regional trading partner with bilateral trade in good. The EU is also the largest destination for Indian exports and a key source of the investment and cutting-edge technologies. India and EU are also strategic partners since 2004. The 13th India-EU Summit was held in Brussels on 30th March 2016.
While addressing the 14th India EU Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India and EU will increase cooperation to fight the menace. India-EU will not only expand bilateral ties but also enhance partnership at the global level. Further PM Modi said European Union is India's biggest trade partner and one of the biggest FDI partners. PM Modi said India-EU relations have strengthened after last year's summit in Brussels. After the establishment of the European Economic Community in 1962, India was among the first countries to establish diplomatic relations.
Echoing the similar views, President of the European Council Donald Franciszek Tusk said, India and EU have decided to develop dynamic trade and step up cooperation on global and regional issues. The strategic partnership between India and EU will be expanded. Also, the situation in Myanmar and Rohingya issue was discussed during the talks. EU wants peaceful resolution of Rohingya issue. Three agreements were exchanged between India and the European Union on Solar Alliance, Bengaluru Metro and Science Research.