The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, yesterday held a meeting in Madrid with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj, with whom he addressed the potential of economic relations and the growing weight of this Asian country in the promotion of international stability and security.
The meeting with Sushma Swaraj, who arrived yesterday in Spain for an official visit of two days, came after the bilateral meeting held on December 1 by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on the occasion of the G20 Summit, and came after the trip of Josep Borrell to New Delhi to participate in the Dialogue of Raisina.
During the meeting, both ministers noted “the increasing degree of interlocution of Spain with the Indian authorities” and analyzed the security situation in the region, especially after the last terrorist attacks in Kashmir, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In addition, Borrell and Swaraj addressed the potential of economic relations in areas such as industrial and technological cooperation, the civil use of nuclear energy, transport, the railway sector and renewable energies, “all of these sectors where Spanish companies are leaders”, and welcomed the imminent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on water resources between Spain and India.
In addition, Josep Borrell took the opportunity to impose on Minister Sushma Swaraj the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit for his support of Spain and the Spanish citizens who were victims and affected by the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal.