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India and Belgium commit to boosting bilateral cooperation and strengthening strategic ties

India and Belgium have pledged to boost bilateral cooperation in trade, semiconductors, cyber and digital space, and science and technology. The second edition of India-Belgium Foreign Office Consultations saw a thorough review of the multifaceted relations between the two countries.

The meeting, co-chaired by Pavan Kapoor from the Ministry of External Affairs and Theodora Gentzis from the Belgian Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, followed discussions between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, as well as between External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Belgian counterpart Hadja Lahbib.

According to the MEA, both sides reiterated their commitment to strengthening India-EU strategic ties during Belgium’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union and working towards an India-EU Free Trade Agreement. The discussions also covered areas such as UNSC reforms, trade and economic cooperation, and green energy transition.

The 18th meeting of the Joint Economic Commission of India and BLEU preceded the consultations, focusing on key aspects of bilateral cooperation. Gentzis also met with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar during the visit, underscoring the importance of further enhancing ties between India and Belgium.

The discussions between India and Belgium mark a step towards deeper collaboration in various sectors, reflecting the shared commitment to fostering mutual growth and development. The emphasis on enhancing strategic ties and exploring new avenues for cooperation highlights the significance of the bilateral relationship between the two nations.

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