Sushma Swaraj discusses 'maximising' India-EU ties with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini

22 June 2018, 09:13 PM

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday met European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini and held wide-ranging discussions on “maximising full potential” of India-EU strategic partnership.

“EAM Sushma Swaraj met with the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini. Excellent discussions on maximising full potential of India-EU strategic partnership, including implementation of the decisions taken at the previous India-EU Summit in 2017,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Swaraj arrived in Belgium on Wednesday from Luxembourg on the last leg of her four-nation tour. Earlier, she had visited France and Italy.

Swaraj and her counterpart Mogherini discussed issues, including security, trade and investment on the last leg of her four-nation tour in Belgium.

“EAM Sushma Swaraj and her EU counterpart Federica Mogherini discussed issues related to foreign policy and security, trade & investment and exchanged views on regional and global issues,” Kumar said in a tweet.

India and the EU have been strategic partners since 2004.

The 28-nation bloc is India’s largest regional trading partner with bilateral trade in goods standing at $88 billion in 2016.

India received around $83 billion of foreign direct investment from Europe between 2000 and 2017, constituting approximately 24 per cent of the total FDI inflows into the country during the period. 

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 08:56 PM
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