Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla will be on a seven- day visit to France, Germany and the United Kingdom from today.
During his visit, Foreign Secretary will review bilateral relations and discuss matters of mutual interest and share Indian perspectives with his counterparts and with other key interlocutors. He will also interact with business persons, academics, intellectuals and media persons in these three countries.
Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said that Mr Shringla will discuss international cooperation in dealing with the ongoing pandemic and its consequences.
The Ministry said, India’s relations with France, Germany and UK are built on a foundation of shared democratic values and are informed by a commonality of interest in issues such as sustainable development and climate change. It said, India has very substantial trade and commercial ties and large investment flows with these countries. India also works closely with these countries on multilateral and plurilateral platforms on various issues. Indian priorities such as robust and reformed multilateralism, its expanded multilateral and plurilateral engagements and its commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific will be discussed.
Foreign Secretary’s visit to these countries is part of India’s continuing international engagement and diplomatic outreach inspite of the limitations posed by the pandemic.