India and Greece Forge Strategic Alliances

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis engaged in extensive discussions to infuse "new energy" into relations

February 22, 2024

The leaders highlighted common concerns in the fight against terrorism, with detailed discussions on strengthening cooperation

During Modi's visit to Greece in August of the previous year, India-Greece relations elevated to a ‘strategic partnership'

Talks covered increased cooperation in pharmaceuticals, technology, agriculture, space, and other key sectors

The India-Greece collaboration extended to connecting startups, addressing shipping and connectivity priorities, and exploring possibilities for closer cooperation in agricultures

India and Greece agreed to collaborate on the co-production and co-development of military hardware. During extensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leaders aimed to inject “new energy” into their bilateral ties. Modi highlighted shared concerns in counterterrorism and the need to enhance cooperation in this domain.

Mitsotakis, on a two-day visit to India, primarily attended the Raisina Dialogue as the chief guest. Modi stated that discussions covered various regional and international issues, noting the importance of resolving disputes through dialogue and diplomacy. India welcomed Greece’s active role in the Indo-Pacific and its decision to join the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative.

The India-Greece relations were elevated to a ‘strategic partnership’ during Modi’s visit to Greece in August the previous year. The leaders discussed broadening cooperation in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, technology, innovation, skill development, agriculture, and space sectors. Modi expressed satisfaction with the progress towards doubling bilateral trade by 2030 and identified new opportunities to invigorate cooperation.

The defence and security collaboration, reflecting “deep mutual trust,” was highlighted. Modi announced the formation of a working group to enhance coordination on common challenges in defence, cybersecurity, counter-terrorism, and maritime security. Both countries acknowledged the potential for co-production and co-development in India’s defence manufacturing sector.

The leaders identified initiatives to modernise relations, including concluding a migration and mobility partnership agreement to strengthen people-to-people ties and provide employment opportunities for Indians in Greece. Modi also mentioned the resolve for cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Regarding the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC), Modi saw it as a significant contribution to humanity’s long-term development and invited Greece to become an important partner. The leaders discussed the need to reform global institutions and reiterated their commitment to contributing to global peace and stability.

The India-Greece collaboration extended to connecting startups, addressing shipping and connectivity priorities, and exploring possibilities for closer cooperation in agriculture. Modi stated the importance of the visit as a sign of the strengthening of strategic partnership between the two countries.

Source: Economic Times

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