Thursday, May 14, 2020

PM Modi, Danish counterpart discuss ways to work together in Covid-affected times

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday had a telephonic conversation with his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen during which both leaders discussed ways to work together in the Covid-affected world.

During the phone call, both leaders compared notes on the steps taken in the two countries to tackles the Covid-19 pandemic. "The Prime Minister appreciated Denmark's success in lifting the lockdown restrictions with causing an increase in infections. It was agreed that Indian and Dnish experts would remain in touch to learn from each other's experience," an official statement read.

"Agreeing that sectors like Health Research, Clean and Green Energy, and Climate Change resilience offer themselves to work towards the goal of creating a robust Green Strategic Partnership between India and Denmark," the statement added. Both leaders reiterated their shared desire to further strengthen India-Denmark relations.

The two prime ministers welcomed the successful organising of the Joint Commission Meeting between their Foreign Ministers on May 12.
By: ANI.

Piyush Goyal participates in virtual session of G20 trade ministers

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal.

New Delhi: Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday attended a video conference meeting of commernce ministers of G-20 countries.

The trade and investment ministers of the G20 countries participated in the extraordinary video conference. The meeting was called to discuss ways to minimise disruption to trade and global supply chains which have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March30, G20 trade ministers convened for the first video conference dedicated to COVID-19. They pledged efforts to maintain supply chains unimpeded during the pandemic.

Trade ministers from the G20 major economies had agreed to take immediate measures for facilitating trade in essential goods, besides incentiving additional production of equipment and drups to battle the coronavirus crisis.
By: ANI.

'India has its own perspective on Afghanistan'

US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.

New Delhi: In The backdrop of US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad's remark that India should directly talk to Taliban, sources on Thursday said New Delhi has its own perspective on Kabul and its Afghan policy will be guided by its traditional relationship with the country.

"We have our own perspective on Afghanistan. Our traditional and neighbourly relations with Afghanistan will continue to guide our Afghan policy," said sources while responding to Khalilzad's remarks.

On his last visit to New Delhi, Khalilzad had told a newspaper that "India is an important force in Afghanistan.It would be appropriate for that (Taliban) engagement to take place."

Khalilzad had met External Affairs Ministers S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and provided an update on the US peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan.
By: ANI.

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