'EU and India need to work closer' says Kariņš

On February 20, Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Krišjānis Kariņš, at the beginning of his working visit to India, took part in the Inaugural Session of the CII India Europe Business and Sustainability Conclave, titled “India and Europe: Partners in Growth and Sustainability”.

Addressing those present in New Delhi, Kariņš said that in the current geopolitical climate the European Union and the world's most populous democracy needed closer economic contact. 

“Being aware that the geopolitical situation is becoming increasingly complex, democracies and like-minded nations around the world need to work together to safeguard international law with the United Nations Charter at its core. The European Union and India need to work closer together in the economic sphere – both sides will benefit from that,” Kariņš said.

From 19 to 23 February Kariņš, will be on a working visit to New Delhi. On February 21 he will attend a special ministerial plenary session of the India Europe Business and Sustainability Conclave, as well as the opening of the Raisina Dialogue, a major geopolitical conference.
Kariņš, together with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic States and Nordic countries, is also scheduled to meet the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and take part in a discussion on “Exploring synergies between NATO and India’s outlooks for future security challenges" hosted by the conrad Adenauer foundation and an Indian think-tank the Observer Research Foundation.

On February 22, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will take part in the Raisina Dialogue sessions and in a working lunch hosted by the Minister of External Affairs of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. At the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Krišjānis Kariņš will deliver a lecture and meet with the faculty and students at the Centre for European Studies.

Then on February 23 he is listed as a participant in a discussion titled "Back to the Future: A New Era of Conflict in Europe?". 

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