India, Greece agree to expand cooperation in diverse areas

India, Greece agree to expand cooperation in diverse areas

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis agreed to enhance collaboration in defence manufacturing, space, and connectivity.

They discussed the Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement, emphasising cooperation in defence, cybersecurity, counter-terrorism, and maritime security. A Working Group will enhance mutual coordination, fostering co-production and co-development opportunities in defence manufacturing. Both nations share concerns about terrorism, aiming to strengthen cooperation in this area.

They explored bolstering connectivity, including the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor, and planning to encourage private sector-driven bilateral flight services. Modi expressed pleasure in progressing towards doubling bilateral trade by 2030, identifying prospects in agriculture, pharma, technology, and space. They discussed connecting startups, prioritising shipping and connectivity, and fostering collaboration in these areas.

Highlighting India and Greece as ancient civilizations, Modi emphasised deep cultural ties, planning to celebrate the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations with an Action Plan. The leaders discussed regional and global issues, advocating dialogue and diplomacy for conflict resolution.

Greece’s participation in the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative was welcomed, and Modi expressed joy over Greece’s decision to join. The Indo-Mediterranean Economic Corridor (IMEC), launched during India’s G-20 chairmanship, is seen as contributing significantly to global development.

The visit reciprocated Modi’s earlier trip to Greece, highlighting the growing collaboration between the two nations.