Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today had a telephonic conversation with H.E. Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.
The Prime Minister congratulated H.E. Ms. Ursula von der Leyen on taking over as the President of the European Commission and expressed happiness that they were able to establish contact early in her tenure. The Prime Minister added that her leadership of the Commission had special significance since she was its first woman President.
The Prime Minister pointed out that India-EU partnership is based on shared values like democracy, respect for rule of law, multilateralism, rules-based trade and rules-based international order. He also appreciated identification of issues like climate change, connectivity, renewable energy, maritime security, addressing radicalisation and terrorism, as her priority areas. The Prime Minister expressed his keen desire to work together for strengthening India-EU Partnership.
H.E. Ms. Ursula von der Leyen invited the Prime Minister to visit Brussels for the next India-EU Summit. Prime Minister Shri Modi gratefully accepted the invitation.