Visit of Salman Khurshid, Indian Minister for External Affairs, to Catherine Ashton: joint press statement
Type: Complete press conference
Brussels - EEAS
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, received Salman Khurshid, Indian Minister for External Affairs, on 30 January 2013 at the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels.
They held a joint press briefing after their meeting.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Speech by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, (in ENGLISH):It is a great pleasure to have you here, Minister Salman Khurshid, on your first visit to the EU and the EEAS.We have been talking about the strong strategic partnership between the European Union and India. And the opportunities we have to expand that partnership into new areas, where we have many shared values. Our partnership features regular political consultations and growing ties between our civil societies which we place great value upon.We are looking of course to develop our links on political and security issues, trade and investment, science and technology, and economic cooperation and also on energy, an issue that we have touched upon today. Our relationship, founded upon close cultural and historical ties, has become both wider and deeper since the Strategic Partnership was established in 2004.We also work together with the common objective of promoting global peace, stability and prosperity. And as we have discussed today, we are also committed to ensuring that we conclude our Free Trade Agreement as rapidly as possible. So, Minister we took stock today of where we are, we look forward to the Summit that we will have this year, and we also had the chance to talk around the issues that concern us in our neighbourhoods and across the world. So as I began Minister, thank you so much for coming.It has been a delight to meet with you and I look forward to collaborating with you in the future and to continuing to develop even stronger relationships between the European Union and India.
||Speech by Salman Khurshid, Indian Minister for External Affairs, (in ENGLISH) saying that they had an extremely wide-ranging discussion; the central point of their work was to look back and see how much has been achieved since the last EU/India summit and how to prepare the next one; the EU and India have a great interdependence in the areas of investment, trade, security; on the trade relations; on cooperation in science and technology as well as in the field of education.
||Questions from journalists