New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Danish Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen, who is on her first state visit to India, in New Delhi on Saturday. PM Modi received Mette Frederiksen at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi, where she was accorded a ceremonial welcome. He also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat.
The Danish Prime Minister said that she sees her New Delhi visit as a milestone in the relationship between the two countries. “We consider India a close partner. I see this visit as a milestone for Denmark-India bilateral relations,” she said.
Speaking after the ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Frederickson said she sees an ambitious Indian government taking responsibility for the green transition in India and the rest of the world.
Fredrickson also called on External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar today. The Danish PM reached New Delhi in the early hours of Saturday. He was received by the Minister of State for External Affairs (MoS) Meenakshi Lekhi at the Delhi airport.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the Danish PM’s visit is an opportunity to review and take forward the India-Denmark Green Strategic Partnership. Frederickson will call on President Ram Nath Kovind and hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She will also interact with think tanks, students and members of civil society.
India described Mette Fredriksen’s visit as very important as she is the first head of state to visit India as COVID-19 restrictions are in place since last March. External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar also visited Denmark earlier this year.
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.