News story | Date: 04/05/2022 | Office of the Prime Minister
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the prime ministers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden at a Nordic-Indian summit held in Copenhagen today. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre also had a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi and a bilateral meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
‘India is an emerging power and its economy is set to grow rapidly in the time ahead. In today’s meeting, we discussed cooperation in areas such as ocean management, climate action and renewable energy, and we agreed to establish a joint task force on energy. Prime Minister Modi expressed a strong interest in Norwegian services, products and investment, and I see India as an important market for Norwegian companies,’ said Mr Støre.
‘Norway and the other Nordic countries reiterated our strong condemnation of Russia’s war against Ukraine. We emphasised that the war is not just a European concern; it will have far-reaching global repercussions, including reduced food security and energy security. However, the Nordic countries and India clearly have different starting points and perspectives. For this reason, it was important to discuss the situation in depth. My Indian counterpart listened carefully to our views and it was evident that he understood why we are reacting so strongly to Russia’s actions in Ukraine,’ said Mr Støre.
Bilateral meeting with Finland
Prime Minister Støre also discussed bilateral issues and the security policy situation in Europe with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
‘I am glad that we have such close and constructive bilateral cooperation with Finland. The issue of NATO membership is now firmly on the table, and comprehensive processes are under way in Finland and Sweden to prepare for what may evolve into a new era in Nordic and European security policy. The decision is entirely up to Finland and Sweden themselves, but should they decide to apply for NATO membership, they will have Norway’s full support,’ said Prime Minister Støre.