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India, EU agree to strengthen strategic relationship

Leaders endorsed the 'EU-India' agenda for auction 2020

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Publish Date: Mar 31 2016 11:57AM | Updated Date: Mar 31 2016 4:00PM

India, EU agree to strengthen strategic relationship

 India and the 28-member European Union (EU) ended their 13th summit in Brussels Wednesday night by underlining their commitment to strengthen their strategic and economic partnership.

 
"As global partners and the world's largest democracies, the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the EU-India strategic partnership based on shared values and principles," the leaders declared in a joint statement.
 
The leaders endorsed the "EU-India Agenda for Action-2020", setting out a concrete road-map for the EU-India strategic partnership for the next five years.
 
The Agenda seeks to strengthen foreign policy cooperation, in areas of mutual interest such as Asia, Africa, West Asia, Europe, and other relevant areas through regular dialogue.
 
They confirmed their "strong interest in building global peace, security and prosperity, fostering non-proliferation and disarmament, and tackling global challenges such as terrorism and climate change in addition to other challenges such as migration and refugee crisis".
 
They expressed their commitment to further strengthen the EU-India economic partnership.
 
The leaders welcomed that both sides have re-engaged in discussions with a view to considering how to further the EU-India Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement negotiations.
 
The EU was represented at the summit by Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. The Republic of India was represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.