India is trying ahead to working with Germany on the “convergent” imaginative and prescient of a free and an open and inclusive Indo-Pacific area, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla mentioned on Thursday, describing the nation as one in every of New Delhi’s most necessary buddies within the European Union.
He additionally mentioned that the post-Covid world order would require a concerted effort on the a part of like-minded international locations to make sure that the rules of multilateralism and a rules-based worldwide order are revered by all.
Mr Shringla was talking at an occasion held to mark the seventieth anniversary of the institution of diplomatic relations between India and Germany.
“Last year, Germany became the second European country to issue guidelines for the Indo-Pacific, which we welcome. We look forward to working with Germany on our convergent vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region,” he mentioned.
The evolving state of affairs within the Indo-Pacific area within the wake of China’s rising navy muscle-flexing has change into a serious speaking level amongst main world powers. Several international locations have already come out with their imaginative and prescient for the area.
In his remarks, Mr Shringla mentioned India and Germany should proceed to reinforce the extent and high quality of their strategic engagement as each have distinctive strengths that may be synergised to be a power for good on the earth.
“The India-Germany strategic partnership, which was established in the year 2000, draws strength from an ever-expanding trade and investment relationship,” he mentioned.
The Foreign Secretary additionally referred to cooperation between the 2 international locations in coping with the coronavirus pandemic.
“An important recent indicator of these ties has been the extensive cooperation between the two countries in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of scientific research and supply of health-related products and equipment,” he mentioned.
In the early days of the disaster, Mr Shringla mentioned, India equipped Germany with hydroxychloroquine and different pharmaceutical merchandise in demand at the moment.
“Subsequently, and in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic in India, Germany extended much-needed support in supplying health-related equipment and essential drugs and raw materials to India,” he mentioned.
“I wish to take this opportunity to extend grateful thanks to the government and people of Germany for this timely and helpful gesture,” Mr Shringla mentioned.
The international secretary mentioned enhanced cooperation in areas equivalent to science and expertise analysis and better and vocational schooling has contributed to a excessive diploma of mobility for college kids and professionals between India and Germany.
“Germany has been one of our most important friends in the European Union. The recommencement of negotiations on the India-EU trade and investment agreement augurs well for the future of our economic ties,” Mr Shringla mentioned.
A commemorative postage stamp to mark the seventieth anniversary of the institution of diplomatic ties was additionally launched on the event.
“When India announced the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Federal Republic of Germany on March 7, 1951, it became one of the first countries to do so,” he mentioned.
“The two countries have not looked back since. Today, the relationship is based on a foundation of close political and economic ties and a strong people-to-people connect,” he added.
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