Dialogue and Diplomacy: ‘Charting a New Course’ for India-Austria Relations, says PM Modi

GG News Bureau
Vienna, 10th July. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer convened a historic joint press conference in Vienna, marking the culmination of bilateral talks aimed at enhancing cooperation between India and Austria on various fronts.

Addressing the media alongside Chancellor Nehammer and delegates from both nations, Prime Minister Modi expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and hospitality extended during his visit, which marks the first by an Indian Prime Minister to Austria in forty-one years, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of bilateral relations.

Strengthening Bilateral Ties:

Highlighting the foundation of mutual trust and shared values in democracy and rule of law, Prime Minister Modi emphasized the significant progress made during discussions with Chancellor Nehammer.

Both leaders affirmed their commitment to deepen cooperation across sectors, laying out a strategic blueprint for the coming decades. This comprehensive framework spans economic collaboration, infrastructure development, innovation, renewable energy, hydrogen technologies, water and waste management, artificial intelligence, and quantum technology.

To foster youth engagement and innovation exchange, a heightened focus will be placed on accelerating the “start-up bridge” initiative, facilitating mobility and migration partnerships, and promoting cultural and educational exchanges between institutions.

Global Engagement and Peace Initiatives:

Reflecting on the historic significance of Vienna, where the 19th-century Vienna Congress shaped European stability, Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Nehammer engaged in candid discussions on global conflicts, emphasizing dialogue and diplomacy over conflict resolution. Both leaders reiterated their stance against war and underscored the need for peaceful resolutions to global conflicts, including the situations in Ukraine and West Asia.

Shared Commitments on Global Challenges:

Addressing global challenges such as climate change and terrorism, Prime Minister Modi invited Austria to join India’s initiatives under the International Solar Alliance, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, and Biofuel Alliance. Both leaders strongly condemned terrorism in all forms and agreed on the imperative of United Nations and international institution reforms to enhance effectiveness and relevance.

Closing Remarks:

Looking ahead to Austria’s upcoming elections, Prime Minister Modi extended best wishes on behalf of India, reaffirming the shared commitment to democratic principles. Concluding the press conference, he expressed gratitude to Chancellor Nehammer for his hospitality and invited him to visit India in the near future.

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