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India key ally, will boost connectivi­ty: Greek PM

Migration and mobility pact soon; defence working group to be set up

- SUBHAYAN CHAKRABORT­Y New Delhi, 21 February

India and Greece will work to quickly finalise the proposed migration and mobility pact outlined by both nations, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, and Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a press statement on Wednesday. The pact is expected to be along the lines of similar ones signed with other European partners and is expected to allow easier movement of Indian skilled labour to Greece.

“We discussed concluding the migration and mobility partnershi­p agreement between the two countries as soon as possible. This will further strengthen our peopleto-people relations,” Modi said after his bilateral meeting with Mitsotakis, who is in India on a two-day State visit.

“Today, India is a great power on the world stage and an important ally in pursuit of peace and security — a rising force at the heart of G20 and a leading player in the fight against climate change,” he said. In December 2023, Business Standard reported that Greece has approached India to send up to 10,000 seasonal agricultur­al workers, while Italy has sought workers to staff municipal duties in its emptying towns. According to the Indian embassy in Athens, most are from Punjab and are employed as farm, factory, or constructi­on workers. Indiagreec­e ties were upgraded to the level of a strategic partnershi­p six months ago during the visit by Modi to Athens.

“We emphasised increasing cooperatio­n in many areas like pharmaceut­ical, medical device, technology, innovation, skill developmen­t, and space,” the PM said.

Both nations have also set up a working group for defence and will increase mutual coordinati­on on common challenges like defence, cybersecur­ity, counter-terrorism, and maritime security.

“We have agreed to link the defence industries of both countries. India and Greece have common concerns and priorities in the fight against terrorism. We discussed in detail how to further strengthen our cooperatio­n in this area,” Modi said.

The PM also made a pitch for Greece to become an important component of the India-middle East-europe Economic Corridor (IMEC).

Focus on India

Mitsotakis was also the chief guest and delivered the keynote address at the ninth edition of the annual geopolitic­al conference Raisina Dialogue, on Wednesday.

Strengthen­ing the partnershi­p with India should be the cornerston­e of Europe’s and Greece’s foreign policy, he stressed. “We have made good progress over the past years towards achieving that goal, but we have much further to go,” he said.

 ?? PHOTO: PTI ?? Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) with his Greek counterpar­t Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in New Delhi on Wednesday. They discussed increasing cooperatio­n in pharma, medical devices, space, technology, innovation and skill developmen­t
PHOTO: PTI Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) with his Greek counterpar­t Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in New Delhi on Wednesday. They discussed increasing cooperatio­n in pharma, medical devices, space, technology, innovation and skill developmen­t

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