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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed the 15th India-EU summit via a video conference and said that the partnership of India and the European Union is vital for global peace and stability.
In his inaugural remarks at the 15th EU-India summit, PM Modi said this reality has become even more clear in the global situation today.
Here are the key points of PM Modi’s address:
* I am fully committed to strengthening of ties between India and EU. We should go for action-oriented agenda to expand ties and it can be implemented within stipulated time frame.
* We both are also focused on long-term challenges such as climate change, says PM Modi.
* During this time of Covid-19 crisis, India-EU partnership can play an important role in economic reconstruction and in building a human-centric globalisation.
* We both share universal values such as democracy, pluralism, inclusivity, freedom, multilaterism, transparency.
* Apart from current challenges, long-term challenges like climate change also a priority for India and the EU. In our efforts to increase the use of renewable energy in India, we invite investment and technology from Europe.
* PM Modi said the summit had to be cancelled in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic but it was good that the two countries are able to come together through virtual medium.
* The European Union delegation at the summit is headed by President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
* Earlier, PM Modi said the dialogue will further strengthen New Delhi’s economic as well as cultural linkages with Europe.
* After 13 years of negotiations, India and the European Union on Tuesday sealed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement.
* The deal came ahead of their virtual summit which is aimed at further broadbasing ties on a range of areas including trade, investment and defence.
Watch PM Narendra Modi addresses 15th India-EU summit

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