New Delhi: India and Greece acknowledged the threat posed by radicalisation, violent extremism, and terrorism, including cross-border terrorism, on Saturday (June 26), emphasising that there can be no justification for these in any form or manifestation.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is in Greece at the invitation of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. Jaishankar paid a courtesy call on Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and held bilateral talks with his counterpart Dendias during his visit.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), both sides had a comprehensive exchange of views on further strengthening bilateral relations, which are deepening and expanding rapidly.
The ongoing cooperation in several areas, such as trade and investment, science and technology, culture, academics, and people-to-people contact, was noted with satisfaction by New Delhi and Athens, who agreed to work together to further enhance collaboration in these areas.
It was also decided that the next round of Foreign Office Consultations and the Joint Trade Committee would take place soon.
“Both countries recognised the threat that radicalization, violent extremism, and terrorism, including cross-border terrorism, posed. They emphasised that there is no justification for these in any shape or form “According to the statement.
According to the MEA, the two sides also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest in the context of new geopolitical and geoeconomic realities, including the Indo-Pacific.
They were pleased to see the convergence of their visions for a free, open, inclusive, and cooperative Indo-Pacific that ensures connectivity and growth for all in the region. The two sides reaffirmed the importance of multilateralism and a rules-based international order, expressing their deep commitment to multilateralism and a rules-based international order “urgent reform of the United Nations, including UNSC expansion, and other multilateral institutions to make them more inclusive, transparent, accountable, and reflective of current geopolitical realities
“The Greek side reiterated its support for India’s permanent membership in a reformed UN Security Council. According to the MEA, India and Greece have close and friendly relations that have been strengthened by shared values such as democracy, rule of law, pluralism, equality, freedom of expression, and respect for human rights. Both parties discussed the global COVID-19 situation as well as the economic recovery process.
They also agreed on the importance of working together to combat the disease and to consolidate economic and commercial activities during and immediately after the pandemic. During the meeting, the Greek Foreign Minister signed and handed over the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Agreement to the Indian side. According to the MEA, Jaishankar welcomed Greece into the ISA family.
Both parties agreed that this will help the two countries achieve their respective governments’ energy goals of making renewable energy a significant part of the energy supply.
(Inputs from agency)