India hopes for FTA with EU soon: Modi
   Date :04-May-2022

 FTA with EU 
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi met his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen on Tuesday, and expressed hope that the negotiations on the India-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will be concluded at the earliest. On 8 May 2021, the EU and Indian leaders’ agreed to resume negotiations for a “balanced, ambitious, comprehensive and mutually beneficial” trade agreement, and to launch separate negotiations on an investment protection agreement and another agreement on geographical indications. They had agreed to link trade negotiations to finding “solutions to long-standing market access issues”. PM Modi and his Danish counterpart Frederiksen held delegation-level talks in Copenhagen to review progress in the Green Strategic Partnership between the two countries. They also discussed India-EU relations, Indo-Pacific, and the ongoing Ukraine conflict. While speaking at the joint press meet with PM Frederiksen, Modi said, “Today we also discussed many regional and global issues including India-EU relations, IndoPacific and Ukraine. We hope that the negotiations on the India-EU Free Trade Agreement will be concluded at the earliest.” The Prime Minister said that India and Denmark share values of democracy, freedom of expression, and the rule of law. “Together we both have several complementary strengths.” “During the India-Denmark virtual summit in October 2020, we had termed our relations a Green Strategic Partnership. During our discussions today, we also reviewed the joint work plan of our Green Strategic Partnership,” he said. Modi also appealed for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy to resolve the crisis, even as his Danish counterpart hoped that India will use its influence over Russia to end the war. Speaking to reporters after bilateral talks, Modi said, “We appealed for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and return to dialogue and diplomacy for resolving the crisis.” Frederiksen hoped that India will influence Russia on Ukraine and asked Russian President Vladmir Putin to “stop this war and end the killings”.“My messageisvery clear that Putin has got to stop this war and to end the killings. I, of course, hope that India will influence Russia also in this discussion,” she said. Ina joint statementissued afterthe talks, the twoPrime Ministers expressed serious concern about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. “They unequivocally condemned civilian deaths inUkraine.They reiteratedtheneedforanimmediate cessationofhostilities. They emphasised that the contemporary global order has been built on the UN Charter, international law and respect for sovereignty and the territorial integrity of states,” it said. The two leaders also discussed the destabilising effect of the conflict in Ukraine and its broader regional and global implications and agreed to remain closelyengagedontheissue. Earlierinthe day, asaspecial gesture, Frederiksen receivedModi atthe airport. He arrived here from Germany. Modi was welcomed by Frederiksen upon his arrival at Marienborg, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Denmark, for talks. “Conversations in Copenhagenaimedatboosting friendship. PM Frederiksen welcomed PM @narendramodi at [email protected],” PrimeMinister’sOfficetweeted. Frederiksen gave a tour of her official residence to Modi and showed the painting he gifted her during her last India visit. It is a Pattachitra painting from Odisha. Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha.Itis the State’s traditional art form. ItisPrimeMinisterModi’s first visitto Denmark, where he will take part in bilateral and multilateral engagements.