India, EU leadership summit ‘turning point’ in ties, says EU Envoy Ugo Astuto


Calling India, EU Leadership Summit of May 8 a “turning point” in ties, the European Union’s Envoy to India Ugo Astuto has said, “We want to work together so that we can shape the global agenda”. This is the second time this format of one world leader and all 27 EU member states meet happened, the first was with US President in March this year.

Speaking to WION, Envoy Astuto spoke about the connectivity partnership, a key outcome of the summit saying, “connectivity” should be “grounded in principles such as sustainability… transparency.” The other key outcome of the summit was both sides decided to resume talks on India, EU Free trade agreement.

On Indo-Pacific, the Envoy said the Bloc’s strategy is “close to the Indian vision” and “India is clearly a key player” in the region. In April, the European Council approves conclusions on EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy. He also spoke on EU’s assistance to India amid the Covid crisis, with flights from Finland, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Slovenia, Portugal, Malta expected to come to India soon.

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