Denmark, India Elevate Ties to Green Strategic Partnership During Historic Summit

Clay Curtis
September 30, 2020

The statement released to the media after Sunday's summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka said that the Indian PM "called on the Government of Sri Lanka to address the aspirations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace and respect within a united Sri Lanka including by carrying forward the process of reconciliation with the implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the India-Denmark bilateral summit said, "I am very happy to have the opportunity to speak to you through a virtual summit, which I am very happy about".

According to the ministry, during their summit, the sides exchanged views on a number of hot topics, including the COVID-19 response, global and regional issues, but most importantly, climate change and the green transition.

Both Countries agreed to be at the forefront in the global fight against climate change and agreed to hold regular consultations and dialogue on climate change and renewable energy at various levels.

Minister Rambukwella noted that the discussions between the two leaders were highly successful, adding that they had discussed a broad spectrum of issues relating to the two countries including COVID-19 and measures to control it, development cooperation, economic vision, trade investment, security measures, Indian Ocean security and the fishing issues.

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Cabraal also said that Sri Lanka had brought up the issue of the balance of payments gap between the two countries and urged India to help reduce it.

He thanked Prime Minister Rajapaksa for accepting his invitation for the virtual Bilateral Summit and congratulated him for being elected as Prime Minister and the victory of his party at the parliamentary elections. The negotiations for the pact have been stalled for several years.

In his address at the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Modi said "as the largest vaccine producing country of the world, I want to give one more assurance to the global community today".

"The PM mentioned the mantra- Denmark has the skills and India has the scale". It will create jobs in India, many Danish companies are ready to invest more in India to secure greener transformation. To this "scope" and "speed" should be added. "Another major outcome will be the joining of International Solar Alliance (ISA) by Denmark", said an official release of the Ministry of External Affairs. Both PMs, agreed, we need to find a global solution to the pandemic, it will not be the last one. "Recently important reforms were done in labour and agriculture", he said. Both countries have already established close government-to-government cooperation in water, urban development, and animal husbandry & dairy.

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