India and Greece on Friday elevated their ties to the level of strategic partnership, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis pledging to give a new impetus to the ties, especially in the areas of defense and security, trade and emerging technologies. In.
Modi said the two sides also set a target of doubling bilateral trade by 2030 and decided to soon consolidate a Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement to facilitate efficient migration between the two countries.
“Prime Minister Mitsotakis and I decided to elevate India-Greece relations to the level of strategic partnership,” Modi said after talks with his Greek counterpart.
In his media statement, the Prime Minister said that it was agreed that there should be an institutional dialogue framework between India and Greece at the level of National Security Advisors.
“We have decided to boost cooperation in the areas of defense and security, infrastructure, education, new and emerging technologies and agriculture,” Modi said.
He said both sides also focused on enhancing cooperation to combat terrorism.
In the field of defense and security, the two countries agreed to strengthen defense industrial cooperation, apart from military ties, he said.
Referring to the Ukraine crisis, Modi said India and Greece support diplomacy and dialogue to resolve it.
He also thanked the people of Greece and the country’s President, Katerina N. Sakellaropoulou, for conferring the Grand Cross of the Order of Honor award.
On his part, Mitsotakis said both sides were ready to move forward to deal with various challenges, “especially in the period of turmoil and war” in Ukraine.
“Our relations have improved significantly in recent years and there is scope for extensive bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, defence, culture and tourism,” he said.
“Our first objective is to double our bilateral trade,” he said.
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