We need India as a partner, says EU envoy Kozlowski

We need India as a partner, says EU envoy Kozlowski

Emphasising the strategic importance of India for Europe, Ambassador of the European Union to India Tomasz Kozlowski has said, "We need India as a partner."

Emphasising the strategic importance of India for Europe, Ambassador of the European Union to India Tomasz Kozlowski has said, “We need India as a partner.” Kozlowski was speaking at “The Ambassador Series” session on “India-EU Relations – can it be a Factor of Stability in an Uncertain World?” in New Delhi on October 17.

Ambassador Kozlowski described India and the EU as natural partners, saying that the EU and India are very stable and predictable partners. He said, “We are really natural partners, based on principles of democracy, human rights, tolerance and internal diversity. Our task is always how to translate these principles into clearly identified common interests.”

Kozlowski said India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too pays much more importance to Europe now. He expressed strong conviction that India and the EU could influence the global developments in the near future.

During the 14th EU-India summit held last week in New Delhi, Kozlowski said, India and the EU agreed to deepen strategic relations, and to go ahead with the common goals with a long-term view on global and regional challenges.

“We have common responsibilities to secure peace and stability because of the current uncertainties in the global arena,” he said.

While speaking on terrorism, he said, the EU and India will work out a plan to tackle terrorism. “We have agreed to consult each other about the listing of terrorists and designating organizations,” he said, adding that security cooperation was becoming more practical and more operational now.

While talking about the growing strategic relationship between India and the EU, Ambassador Kozlowski highlighted the importance of joint naval exercises between India and the EU, held recently in the Indian Ocean.

On FTA (Free Trade Agreement), he said the EU was committed to find ways to sign such an agreement with India, saying that EU will remain the biggest trading partner for India.

He said that there was no more economic crisis in Europe; euro was strong and the economy was growing.

There will not be any adverse effects of Brexit on the EU, Kozlowski said. “We are well prepared to deal with the situation.” If there is any problem, it is for the United Kingdom, not the EU, he said.

Earlier, Ashok Sajjanhar, career diplomat of India, started the session with a brief about the EU, and introduction of Ambassador Kozlowski.

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