India, Denmark decide to expand ties in health and agriculture sectors


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Danish counterpart Mette Fredriksson on Saturday held “fruitful” talks with a focus on increasing cooperation in key areas such as health, agriculture, water management, climate change and renewable energy.

In his media statement after the talks, Modi said the two sides reviewed the progress made under the India-Denmark Green Strategic Partnership and discussed further expansion of overall cooperation in several areas.

The two sides also signed four agreements that will provide for deepening cooperation in the areas of science and technology, climate change and skill development.

He said, “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 sign of far-reaching thinking and respect for the environment of both our countries.”

The green partnership, finalized in a virtual summit between the prime ministers of the two countries, aims to create a framework for significant expansion of cooperation in the areas of renewable energy, environment, economy, climate change and science and technology.

Describing the talks as “fruitful”, Modi said both sides have decided to cooperate in areas such as efficient supply chain, smart water resource management and technologies related to agriculture sector to increase agricultural productivity in India.

In his remarks, Fredriksson said that the cooperation between India and Denmark is a great example of how green development and green transition go hand in hand.

He said the two sides have decided to enhance cooperation especially in the health and agriculture sectors.

Frederickson arrived here this morning on a three-day state visit.

Earlier in the day, Modi welcomed Frederickson to India at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The Prime Minister of Denmark also visited Raj Ghat and paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

Ahead of the talks between the two Prime Ministers, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on Fredericksen.

Welcoming the Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Fredriksson on her first visit to India.

Our green strategic partnership will move forward as a result,” Jaishankar tweeted.

India and Denmark have strong trade and investment ties.

More than 200 Danish companies are present in India and more than 60 Indian companies have their presence in Denmark.

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