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India and France unite against terror

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh with French President Nicolas Sarkozy's in New Delhi on December 6th

India and France reaffirm shared vision on bilateral, regional and international issues — including G20, Doha Negotiations 2011, and U.N. and UNSC reforms, during French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s India visit — towards peace, global security and international economic cooperation. The following is the text of the joint declaration issued by the two countries:

At the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, the President of the French Republic paid a working visit to India from 4 to 7 December. Nicolas Sarkozy and Dr. Manmohan Singh had detailed useful discussions on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Reaffirming their shared vision and values inspired by multilateralism, justice, freedom, equality and fraternity, France and India reiterated their determination and confirmed their commitment to work together towards peace and global security.

As the Strategic Partnership between France and India enters its 12th year, the French President and the Prime Minister of India, recognising India’s growing role on the international stage, have shown their determination to give a new impetus to the Indo-French Strategic Partnership. Global and regional challenges

France and India would like to work together to make the G20 as effective as possible and help it find its place within an international system that will better reflect today’s world and challenges. Monetary instability, major macroeconomic imbalances, volatility of the price of commodities including agricultural food products, development gap especially infrastructure and lack of food security are tangible threats, which our two countries refuse to ignore. The G20 has become and must remain the premier forum for international economic cooperation with a view to laying new foundations for strong, sustainable and balanced growth and the international economic system. In respect of multilateral trade, the two countries are looking forward to the ambitious, comprehensive and balanced conclusion of the Doha Development Round of Negotiations in 2011.

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India-EU set to expand business ties

Prime Minister Dr Manmoham Singh at the India-EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium on December 10th

The Eleventh European Union- India Summit was held in Brussels, Belgium on December 10. India was represented by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. EU was represented by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy and the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Durão Barroso.

Leaders emphasised that EU and India agreed to reinforce their strategic partnership for their mutual benefit in all areas and to better contribute to the resolution of the challenges of the 21st century. They discussed bilateral, regional and global issues of common interest and concern. In the context of overall EU-Indian interaction, leaders noted India’s development priorities as well as the new dimensions of EU, following the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty.

Bilateral issues

Recognising the value of an ambitious and balanced Broad Based Trade and Investment Agreement, which will bring significant economic benefits to both sides and further strengthen the bilateral economic relationship, leaders welcomed the significant progress recorded during recent negotiations, agreed on the contours of a final package, and reaffirmed the importance of an ambitious and balanced conclusion in the spring of 2011.

They welcomed the business summit held on the margins of the summit and agreed that enhanced cooperation between business organisations from EU and India would greatly benefit their respective companies and improve opportunities for cooperation.

Leaders welcomed increasing cooperation in the field of security and defence. They agreed to pursue EUIndia dialogue and cooperation in this area, including the context of counter-piracy naval operations and more broadly in support of the UNSC resolutions.

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India, Germany exploring civil nuclear cooperation

India and Germany are exploring the possibilities of a civil nuclear commerce partnership to take forward their strategic ties, says Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Dr. Singh, after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin said: “On the bilateral side, we deeply value Germany’s consistent support, including support in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, for the opening of international commerce for India in the field of civil nuclear energy. We have discussed the possibilities of entering into bilateral cooperation in civil nuclear energy.”

Dr. Singh’s statement at the Joint Press Interaction:

“It is a great pleasure for me to visit Germany once again, and to meet with Chancellor Merkel. I have great personal admiration for Chancellor Merkel and for her leadership.

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