Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a telephonic conversation with Charles Michel, President of the European Council and the two leaders discussed situation created by Coronavirus and responses to the challenge. He also recognised the importance of regional and global coordination to effectively address the health and economic impact of the pandemic.
"The two leaders discussed the situation of and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in India and the European Union. They appreciated mutual cooperation extended in the face of the pandemic, including for ensuring supplies of essential pharmaceutical products," a PMO release said.
Both leaders recognisd the importance of regional and global coordination to effectively address the health and economic impact of COVID-19. They reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the India-EU strategic partnership and agreed that their officials would work together to prepare a substantive agenda for the next India-EU Summit meeting. The leaders also agreed to remain in touch on the evolving dimensions of the crisis as well as the post-COVID context.
The 15th annual India-EU Summit, planned for March in Brussels, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Prime Minister said in a tweet later that he had an 'excellent discussion' with the President of the European Council and the India-EU partnership has tremendous potential in many areas, including scientific research and innovation.
Had an excellent discussion with @eucopresident H.E. Charles Michel on how India and Europe can cooperate during the COVID-19 crisis for protecting global health and contributing to global economic recovery.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 7, 2020
The India-EU partnership has tremendous potential in many areas, including scientific research & innovation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 7, 2020
Michel said he welcomes India's leadership in tackling the virus in the region and globally.
Spoke today with @narendramodi about how EU & India can drive greater global cooperation in fighting #COVID19— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) May 7, 2020
I welcome India’s leadership in tackling the virus in the region & globally.
We also discussed our Strategic Partnership, as a catalyst for economic recovery.
(With agency inputs)