Friday, September 30, 2022

No winner possible in Russia-Ukraine conflict: Modi

Discussions with Germany on key areas of bilateral cooperation under the overall strategic partnership

New Delhi: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reiterated India’s stand on Ukraine war and said that there cannot be any winner in the Russia-Ukraine war and that the war would cause harm and losses to all the concerned sides.

He was addressing a press conference along with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.

Modi also appealed for restraint on all sides and said that diplomacy and discussions are the only ways the conflict can be resolved.

Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in Germany on the first leg of his visit to three European nations and met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

After the meet, Modi said that among democratic nations, India, Germany share several common values and the holding of the Inter Governmental Consultations shows how much importance the two countries place in their strategic ties. Talking about the crisis in Ukraine, he said, “No country can emerge victorious in Ukraine conflict. We are for peace, appeal to end the war.”

During his trip to Europe, Modi will head to Denmark and meet Danish PM Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen —and also participate in the Second India-Nordic Summit with the prime ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway on Tuesday. On the way back on Wednesday, Modi will make a brief stopover in Paris for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. His first foreign trip this year comes at a time when a war in the heart of Europe has upended seven decades of global order.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting today with H.E. Mr Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. The meeting was held prior to the sixth round of Biennial Inter Governmental Consultations (IGC) between India and Germany. Prime Minister was accorded a ceremonial guard of honour and received by Chancellor Scholz at the Federal Chancellery. The two leaders thereafter met in one-on-one format followed by delegation level talks.

Discussions covered key areas of bilateral cooperation under the overall strategic partnership, as well as regional and global developments.

Earlier, Initiatives have been taken between India and Germany on agro-ecology and sustainable management of natural resources. In this regard, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Germany’s Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Ms. Svenja Schulze signed the declaration in a virtual meeting today.

Through this, joint research, knowledge sharing and innovation will be promoted between academic institutions of both countries and practitioners including farmers. The transfer of technology and scientific knowledge will be promoted by encouraging exchanges, partnerships and research collaboration with the private sector. Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development intends to provide up to 300 million euros by the year 2025 for financial and technical cooperation for projects under this initiative.

Germany will provide coordinated support for this lighthouse initiative, supporting the agro-ecological transformation process in India through the Technical Cooperation Project. For the changing agenda of agroecology, the two countries envisage the establishment of a joint research center supported by financial cooperation to develop and share cutting edge knowledge with practitioners from India, Germany and other countries, while facilitating value-added technology and scientific transfer.

To oversee the implementation, a working group will be set up with the concerned Ministries, namely, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and NITI Aayog.

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