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EU Chief To Seek Closer Military, Trade Ties During India Visit: Official


EU chief Ursula Von der Leyen arrived in India on Sunday. (File)

Brussels:

The European Union’s chief govt will search to extend gross sales of European navy tools to India and relaunch talks on a free commerce deal when she meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday, a senior EU official stated.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s go to is a part of Western efforts to encourage India to cut back its ties to Russia after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, and follows a visit final week by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“There are a whole host of Western leaders reaching out to India right now to see what alternatives we can provide,” the senior EU official stated. “The key is that we want to bring forward this relationship, work on technology together and bring India into our camp, that’s the main message of our visit,” the official stated.

Von der Leyen arrived in India on Sunday for a two-day official go to, her first as president of European Commission.

India has not explicitly condemned the February 24 invasion by Russia, its greatest provider of navy {hardware}.

Von der Leyen goals to agree with PM Modi to arrange a brand new commerce and know-how council much like an EU-US mannequin, which may talk about digital privateness, regulation of know-how corporations and social media platform supervision, the senior EU official stated.

The EU and India can even possible conform to relaunch free commerce talks, which had been frozen in 2013 over variations together with tariff reductions and patent safety, and haven’t moved ahead considerably since an EU-India digital summit in May 2021.

India, the world’s second-most populous nation with practically 1.four billion folks, is seen by the EU as an important ally to assist handle China’s rise from a benign buying and selling associate to a rival energy with a rising navy presence.

A 2020 examine by the European Parliament put the advantages of a commerce deal for the EU with India at as much as 8.5 billion euros ($9.17 billion), though the estimate was made earlier than Britain’s departure from the bloc.

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