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EU Chief To Seek Closer Military, Trade Ties During India Visit: Official

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EU chief Ursula von der Leyen arrived in India on Sunday. (file)

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Brussels:

The EU chief executive will seek to increase sales of European military equipment to India and resume talks on a free trade deal when she meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday, a senior EU official said. Will do

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s visit is part of Western efforts to encourage India to ease its ties with Russia after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, and follows the visit of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week. .

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“A whole host of Western leaders are arriving in India right now to see what options we can provide,” the senior EU official said. “The key is that we want to take this relationship forward, work together on technology and bring India into our camp, that is the main message of our journey,” the official said.

Von der Leyen arrived in India on Sunday on a two-day official visit, his first as the President of the European Commission.

India has not explicitly condemned the February 24 attack by Russia, the largest supplier of military hardware.

The senior EU official said von der Leyen aims to agree with PM Modi to set up a new Business and Technology Council similar to the EU-US model, which deals with digital privacy, regulation of technology companies and social media platforms. Can discuss supervision.

The EU and India will also agree to restart free trade talks, which frozen over differences including tariff cuts and patent protection in 2013, and significantly since the EU-India virtual summit in May 2021. Haven’t progressed.

India, the world’s second most populous country with about 1.4 billion people, is a key ally by the European Union to help manage China’s rise from a benign trading partner to a rival power with China’s growing military presence. is seen as.

A 2020 study by the European Parliament put the benefits of a trade deal with India up to 8.5 billion euros ($9.17 billion) for the EU, although this was estimated before Britain left the bloc.

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