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PM Narendra Modi And Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer Discuss Ukraine War

During PM Narendra Modi historic visit to Austria on Wednesday, he engaged in discussions with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer on the war in Ukraine and the strengthening of India-Austria strategic ties. This visit marks the first time in 41 years that an Indian Prime Minister has visited Austria. In a joint press conference, PM Modi, […]

PM Narendra Modi And Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer Discuss Ukraine War
PM Narendra Modi And Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer Discuss Ukraine War

During PM Narendra Modi historic visit to Austria on Wednesday, he engaged in discussions with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer on the war in Ukraine and the strengthening of India-Austria strategic ties. This visit marks the first time in 41 years that an Indian Prime Minister has visited Austria.

In a joint press conference, PM Modi, who traveled to Austria after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, reiterated his stance that war has no place in the world. He emphasized the importance of dialogue and diplomacy in resolving conflicts, stating, “This is not the time for war. Killing of innocent people is unacceptable. India and Austria emphasize dialogue and diplomacy, and we are together ready to give any support required.”

The two leaders explored new possibilities to strengthen bilateral ties in sectors such as infrastructure development, renewable energy, hydrogen, water and waste management, and artificial intelligence. PM Modi highlighted the shared values of democracy and the rule of law as strong foundations for the relationship between India and Austria.

“I am happy that during the beginning of my third term, I got the opportunity to visit Austria. This trip is historic and special. We have decided to give our ties a strategic direction,” PM Modi stated.

On the topic of terrorism, PM Modi said both countries strongly condemn it. “We discussed the biggest challenges humanity is facing right now, including climate change and terrorism. We both strongly condemn terrorism. We agree that terrorism can’t be justified in any way.”

Chancellor Nehammer acknowledged India’s significant role in the global south and its importance in the peace process. “India is an important, influential, and credit-worthy country. India is the biggest democracy in the world. Therefore, India’s role, especially for Austria, is more than important when it comes to the peace process and future peace summits,” he said.

Nehammer also emphasized the importance of understanding India’s assessment of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and familiarizing India with European concerns. “We had very intensive talks about the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. For me, it is particularly important to get to know India’s assessment and to understand it and familiarize India with European concerns and worries.”

The discussions also touched on the conflict in the Middle East and the positive aspects of India-Austria cooperation. The visit, which began with PM Modi’s arrival on Wednesday, included a warm welcome by Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg and Indian Ambassador to Austria, Shambhu Kumaran, and a dinner hosted by Chancellor Nehammer.

PM Modi’s visit underscores the ongoing efforts to strengthen diplomatic ties and explore further cooperation between India and European nations amid global challenges.

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