PRESS RELEASE 002
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation Travels to India
09/01/2019

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, visited India, where he held several bilateral meetings and participated in the Raisina Dialogue.
 
India is currently the economy with the highest growth rate of all emerging countries, having grown by 7.3% in 2018 and having a forecast of 7.9% in 2019. It is a country with a growing importance in the global economic governance and in the Asian continent in particular. Because of its population, economy and democratic and Human Rights values that we share, India is a key partner of Spain in Asia.
 
On his first official visit to an Asian country, Minister Josep Borell has been received, among others, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of India, Sushma Swaraj, and the Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport and Highways and Maritime Transport, Nitin Jairam Gadkari.
 
During the meeting with his Indian counterpart, both Ministers reviewed the good state of their bilateral relations, in general, as well as the multilateral cooperation. Likewise, they addressed the potential of the economic relations in areas such as industrial and technological cooperation, civil use of nuclear energy, transport, rail industry, renewable energies, educational services and tourism, all sectors where Spanish companies are world leaders. Both ministers agreed that Minister Swaraj shall officially visit Spain in February 2019.
 
Along with Minister Gadkari, Minister Josep Borrell also addressed the collaboration potential with India, within the framework of the European strategy of economic cooperation with India and involving areas such as water management and hydrological planning, or the road, highways and traffic management sectors.
 
Minister Josep Borrell, who also held a meeting with the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, also participated in the Raisina Dialogue, a forum on security and multidisciplinary geopolitics of increasing importance in the Asian continent and which seeks to become a meeting point for dialogue between experts and senior Asian and Western officials on geostrategic politics and security globally.

 

 

 

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