India Welcomes Greece’s Active Participation in Indo-Pacific: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Greece's decision to join the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative, emphasizing bilateral cooperation in various sectors. Read more about the discussions between PM Modi and Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

India Welcomes Greece's Active Participation in Indo-Pacific: PM Modi
India Welcomes Greece's Active Participation in Indo-Pacific: PM Modi

New Delhi, February 21: In a significant development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed India’s warm welcome to Greece’s active participation and positive role in the Indo-Pacific region. This announcement came during a joint press statement with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, underscoring the growing bilateral ties between the two nations.

Highlighting the fruitful discussions held between the two leaders, PM Modi reiterated the importance of resolving disputes through dialogue and diplomacy. He commended Greece’s decision to be part of the Indo-Pacific Oceans initiative, signaling a deepening collaboration in the region. The leaders also agreed on cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean region, with a particular focus on the IMEC Corridor, initiated during India’s G20 presidency.

“We are delighted that Greece has decided to join the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative,” stated PM Modi. “Additionally, there has been an agreement for cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean region, particularly in the IMEC Corridor, which will contribute significantly to humanity’s development in the long run. Greece can play a pivotal role in this initiative.”

The press statement also outlined the commitment of both nations to reforming global institutions, including the United Nations, to ensure their relevance in contemporary times. PM Modi emphasized India and Greece’s shared dedication to contributing to global peace and stability.

Furthermore, PM Modi and Kyriakos Mitsotakis unveiled plans to prepare an action plan commemorating the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties between India and Greece in 2025. This initiative aims to showcase the common heritage and achievements of both nations on the global stage, spanning various fields such as science, technology, innovation, and sports.

The discussions also encompassed enhancing cooperation between higher education institutions, with a focus on promoting academic exchanges. PM Modi expressed satisfaction in the trajectory of bilateral trade, aiming to double it by 2030. The leaders identified new opportunities for collaboration in sectors like agriculture, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, technology, innovation, skill development, and space.

Shipping and connectivity emerged as key priorities for both India and Greece, with discussions centered on increasing cooperation in these areas. PM Modi underscored the formation of a Working Group in defense and security, reflecting mutual trust and aimed at addressing common challenges including defense, cybersecurity, counter-terrorism, and maritime security.

In acknowledgment of the rich cultural and people-to-people ties between India and Greece, PM Modi emphasized the historical exchanges of trade, culture, and ideas spanning millennia. The leaders discussed modernizing these relations and expediting the conclusion of the Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement to strengthen people-to-people ties further.

The joint press statement concluded with PM Modi and his Greek counterpart expressing optimism about the future trajectory of bilateral relations. Notable figures including External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra were present during the delegation-level talks, underscoring the significance of the discussions.

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