India and EU on Thursday put on hold their summit scheduled on March 13 in Brussels due to outbreak of Corona virus. The summit will be rescheduled at a mutually convenient date.
“With regard to the proposed India-EU Summit, both sides have agreed that due to health authorities advising against travel between regions, it would be wise to re-schedule the Summit to a later mutually convenient date,” MEA spokesperson said.
“The decision has been taken in the spirit of the close cooperation between India and the EU who share the same concerns and commitment to global health and hope that the outbreak is contained soon,” the spokesperson added.
Expressing similar sentiments, an EU official said, “In view of precautionary measures related to the global spread of COVID-19, the EU and India have jointly decided to postpone the EU-India summit foreseen initially for 13 March in Brussels.
The two sides will now look to agree on a new summit date through mutual consultations. In the meantime, we will continue work on our joint agenda to make progress across all aspects of our relations.”
PM Narendra Modi was scheduled to travel to Brussels for the Summit.
Earlier this month Foreign Minister S Jaishankar was in Brussels to prepare for the summit and also met group of Members of European Parliament (MEPs). He held a meeting with the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) responsible for the European Union’s external action on foreign policy, defence and security, trade, development cooperation and humanitarian assistance.
Jaishankar shared with the FAC, India’s foreign policy priorities and regional and global perspective. The focus of the exchange was on the common values of the India and European Union, which represent the world’s two largest democracies and their shared commitment to democracy, multilateralism, rules-based international order, rules-based international trade with WTO at its core and sustainable development.
In January India engaged in an intense diplomatic outreach and adopted a multiple pronged approach shaping decision by MEPs to postpone a vote on resolution on CAA.