Significantly, while Washington and Tokyo were vocal in their criticism of Moscow — both US President Joe Biden and Japanese PM Fumio Kishida named Russia in their public statements — India and Australia did not do so in their opening statements at the summit.
On whether the economic crisis in Sri Lanka would be part of the discussions at the Quad summit, Kwatra, without getting into specifics, said the leaders would discuss both opportunities and challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.
As Ambassador of the European Union (EU) in India and Bhutan, Ugo Astuto is overseeing a transformative change in its strategic partnership with India. There’s a broad spectrum of issues — from trade to environment, technology to Indo-Pacific —that both are collaborating on, which is underpinned by shared values of democracy, individual freedom, pluralism and multilateralism
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng, who is one of the top contenders to succeed Foreign Minister Wang Yi, also said, “Rather than learning the painful lessons of conflict and suffering in Europe, they seek to create a “second theatre” and bring the conflict to the Asia-Pacific.”
At a reception in New Delhi on Israel’s 74th Independence Day, attended among others by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Halevi had the crowd rooting for him, waiting for him to break into song.
The two leaders noted the potential for a closer industrial collaboration, including in the field of defence. They reiterated their commitment to closely work in countering common challenges related to terrorism, violent extremism and cyber crime, the MEA said.
The tone of India’s statement was in sharp contrast to Delhi’s sharp response to remarks from other European leaders and ministers who, in recent weeks, had conveyed concerns over India not condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
After the summit, Modi, in a Twitter post, said, "The India-Nordic Summit will go a long way in boosting India's ties with the region. Together, there is much that our nations can achieve and contribute to global prosperity and sustainable development."
In this explained.Live session, C Raja Mohan, Visiting Research Professor, National University of Singapore, talks about the diplomatic challenges India faces after the Russia-Ukraine war and how it will have to redraw existing equations.
In their first meeting in the German capital since Chancellor Scholz assumed office, both leaders hold a bilateral meeting, just before the sixth round of the biennial Inter-Governmental Consultations.
This is the Prime Minister's first visit abroad this year, and it includes about two dozen engagements across approximately 65 hours, official sources said. He will hold meetings, bilateral as well as multilateral, with world leaders from seven countries besides interacting with about 50 global business leaders.