NEW DELHI: On Oct 9th, Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen arrived in New Delhi for India- trip. The trip includes bilateral talks and regional talks with her Indian counterpart, a visit to Mahatma Gandhi’s samadhi at Rajghat and a brief interaction with journalists and think tanks.
During the first day of her visit, PM Frederiksen met India’s PM Narendra Modi for bilateral talks. The two countries signed upon four agreements. The first Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) is on groundwater resources and aquifers.
The second MoU is Traditional Knowledge Digital Library Access Agreement. The counties jointly decided to establish a Centre of Excellence towards natural refrigerants for tropical climates, which accounted for a third MoU.
The fourth MoU was the Joint Letter of Intent between the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark, Ministry of External Affairs notified.
India and Denmark also decided to extend their support to the “Green Strategic Partnership”. Green Strategic Partnership is a result of a virtual summit the two countries conducted last year in September.
“This partnership is an example of how by collective effort and through technology, we can work for green growth while preserving the environment. Today we also reviewed the progress made under this partnership, and reiterated our commitment to increasing cooperation on climate change in the times to come“, PM Modi said.
PM Modi took this opportunity to highlight the deepening relations between the two countries, and the respect they hold for the environment.
He said, “Today’s meeting may have been our first face-to-face meeting, but even during the Corona period, the pace of contact and cooperation between India and Denmark remained steady. In fact, a year ago today, in our Virtual Summit, we took the historic decision to establish a Green Strategic Partnership between India and Denmark. This is a reflection of the foresight of both of our countries and respect for the environment”.
During the meet, the Prime Ministers of both nations exchanged their thoughts on other global and regional issues. A the end of the meeting, PM Modi expressed his gratitude to Denmark PM Frederiksen for supporting India on various international forums and for the opportunity to host the next India-Nordic Summit.
Denmark PM Frederiksen invited PM Modi to pay a visit to Denmark. She also called PM Modi an inspiration to the world for setting a target of providing clean water to more than one million households.
The meeting was the first in-person meeting between the two powers. She also visited Rashtrapati Bhavan to meet President of India, Ramnath Kovind. The Denmark PM is on a three day trip to India from 9th to 11th October.